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MET5010: Empiriske forskningsmetoder

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Emneansvarlig:Marielle Stigum Gleiss (Marielle.S.Gleiss@mf.no)
Undervisningsstart:Høst og vår
Studieprogramtilhørighet:2-årige masterprogrammer - Teologi
2-årige masterprogrammer - Diakoni
2-årige masterprogrammer - Master i kirkelig undervisning
2-årige masterprogrammer - Religion, Society and Global Issues
5-årige masterprogrammer - Lektorprogram i KRLE/Religion og etikk og samfunnsfag
Profesjonsstudier - Profesjonsstudium teologi - høyere grad
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdelingsråd for religion, skole og samfunn
Tillatte hj.midler ved eksamen:Liste F 2


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EksamenstypeEksamensdato / innleveringsdatoTrekkfrist
Skriftlig eksamen – Ny og utsatt - NB! Egne tilgangsregler.2019-08-12 12. aug. 20192019-08-04 4. aug. 2019
Varighet:4 timer
Skriftlig eksamen2019-10-25 25. okt. 20192019-10-11 11. okt. 2019
Varighet:4 timer
Kunngjøringsdato:15. nov. 2019

Generell informasjon

MET5010 provides an overview of empirical research methods at master level. The course covers both qualitative and quantitative methods, with an emphasis on qualitative methods. It enables the students to critically understand empirical research, and helps them in designing their own master thesis. The course addresses issues of research design, research methods, qualitative data analysis, research ethics and criteria for evaluating research quality. The course will be taught in English unless there are only Norwegian students participating in the course.

Overlappende emner

Parts of MET5010 Empirical research methods overlap with MET508 Research Methodology. Because of this overlap, students who have already completed MET508, will receive 6 credit points (ECTS) for MET5010 on their transcript of records or diploma.


To be qualified for final assessment, the student must:
  • Be present at 75% of the teaching
  • Complete a learning path about academic writing within a set deadline
  • Participate in an obligatory course in searching databases
  • Register topic for thesis (100-300 words)
  • Submit a project proposal for the master thesis (about 2000 words)
  • Write a contract with a supervisor
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Avsluttende vurdering

To gain credits for the course MET5010 the student must fulfil all the requirements and pass the written exam (4 hrs). The exam is assessed with grades A-F. When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws within the set deadline (1 May/ 1 November).

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

The candidate has:
  • A thorough knowledge of the relations between research design, research questions and research methods
  • A thorough knowledge of different qualitative research methods and their possibilities and limitations
  • A thorough knowledge of ethical and methodological challenges in empirical research involving people
  • A good knowledge of strategies for qualitative data analysis
  • A good knowledge of criteria for evaluating research quality
  • A good knowledge of quantitative research methods
The candidate can:
  • Identify research questions, research methods and theoretical perspectives in an empirical study and critically discuss how methodological and theoretical choices influence the knowledge produced
  • Design a research project such as a master thesis, including formulating research questions, selecting suitable research methods and justifying the methodological choices made
  • Find and review academic literature relevant to one's own research project
  • Critically reflect on the ethical aspects of doing empirical research
  • Critically discuss methodological challenges in research involving people, including issues of power relations and positionality


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  • In addition, students will select and read one master thesis from a list of previous master theses.
  • Blaxter, L., Hughes, C. & Tight, M. (2010). How to research (4. utg., s. 99-133). Maidenhead: Mc Graw Hill Open University press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Brinkmann, S. & Kvale, S. (2015). InterViews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing (3. utg., s. 55-82, 103-122, 203-214). Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Carling, J., Erdal, M. B. & Ezzati, R. . (2014). Beyond the insider?outsider divide in migration research. Migration Studies, 2(1), s. 36-54. Hentet fra dx.doi.org
  • Furseth, I. & Everett, E. L. (2013). Doing your master's dissertation (s. 73-88). Los Angeles, Calif: SAGE. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Jordan, A. (2006). Make yourself at home: The social construction of research roles in family studies. Qualitative Research, 6(2), s. 169-185. (Kompendium).
  • O'Dwyer, L. M. & Bernauer, J. A. (2014). Quantitative Research for the Qualitative Researcher (s. 42-148, 191-227). Bibliotek
  • Ritchie, J., Lewis, J., McNaughton Nicholls, C. & Ormston, R. (Red.) (2014). Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers (2. utg., s. 27-400). Los Angeles ;: Sage. Bibliotek
  • Silverman, D. (2014). Interpreting qualitative data (5. utg., s. 29-56). Los Angeles: SAGE. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Siwale, J. (2015). Why Did I Not Prepare for This? The Politics of Negotiating Fieldwork Access, Identity, and Methodology in Researching Microfinance Institutions. Sage Open, (April-June), s. 1-12. Hentet fra dx.doi.org
  • Smith, K. (2006). Problematising power relations in ?elite? interviews. Geoforum, 37(4), s. 643-653. (Kompendium).


  • National Committees for Research Ethics in Norway, . (2016). Guidelines for research ethics in the social sciences, humanities, law, and theology. Hentet 2017-04-04 fra www.etikkom.no


  • Den nasjonale forskningsetiske komité for samfunnsvitenskap og humaniora (NESH), . (2016). Forskningsetiske retningslinjer for samfunnsvitenskap, humaniora, juss og teologi. Hentet 2016-05-30 fra www.etikkom.no

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