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MET5010: Empirical research methods

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Person responsible for the course:Marielle Stigum Gleiss (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Autumn and spring
Study programme:Master's degree (5 years) - KRLE/Religion and Ethics and Social Sciences
Master's degree (2 years) - Religion, Society and Global Issues
Master's degree (2 years) - Theology
Master's degree (2 years) - Diaconia
Master's degree (2 years) - Christian Education
Programme of professional study - Professional Degree in Theology and Ministry
Department:Department of Education, Religion and Society
Examination support material permitted:List F 2

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeExamination date / Written assignment deadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Written exam – New and postponed - N.B. Own rules for access.2019-08-12 12. Aug 20192019-08-04 4. Aug 2019
Start time:09:00
Duration:4 hours
Release date for results:
Written exam2019-10-25 25. Oct 20192019-10-11 11. Oct 2019
Start time:09:00
Duration:4 hours
Release date for results:15. Nov 2019

General information

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.

Overlapping courses

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.

Course requirements

To be qualified for final assessment, the student must:
  • Be present at 75% of the teaching
  • Complete a learnng 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 evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant semester

Final assessment

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 you withdraw within the set deadline.

Course objective and content

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. ed., p. 99-133). Maidenhead: Mc Graw Hill Open University press. Library (Compendium)
  • Brinkmann, S. & Kvale, S. (2015). InterViews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing (3. ed., p. 55-82, 103-122, 203-214). Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage. Library (Compendium)
  • Carling, J., Erdal, M. B. & Ezzati, R. . (2014). Beyond the insider?outsider divide in migration research. Migration Studies, 2(1), p. 36-54. Hentet fra
  • Furseth, I. & Everett, E. L. (2013). Doing your master's dissertation (p. 73-88). Los Angeles, Calif: SAGE. Library (Compendium)
  • Jordan, A. (2006). Make yourself at home: The social construction of research roles in family studies. Qualitative Research, 6(2), p. 169-185. (Compendium).
  • O'Dwyer, L. M. & Bernauer, J. A. (2014). Quantitative Research for the Qualitative Researcher (p. 42-148, 191-227). Library
  • Ritchie, J., Lewis, J., McNaughton Nicholls, C. & Ormston, R. (Ed.) (2014). Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers (2. ed., p. 27-400). Los Angeles ;: Sage. Library
  • Silverman, D. (2014). Interpreting qualitative data (5. ed., p. 29-56). Los Angeles: SAGE. Library (Compendium)
  • 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), p. 1-12. Hentet fra
  • Smith, K. (2006). Problematising power relations in ?elite? interviews. Geoforum, 37(4), p. 643-653. (Compendium).


  • 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


  • Den nasjonale forskningsetiske komité for samfunnsvitenskap og humaniora (NESH), . (2016). Forskningsetiske retningslinjer for samfunnsvitenskap, humaniora, juss og teologi. Hentet 2016-05-30 fra

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