Reviewing a Research Field 2020/2021 (7.5 credits)

Autumn 2020, 50 %, Distance learning

Start date: 4 November 2020

End date: 17 January 2021

Application Deadline: 15 April 2020

Enrolment Code: UU-20500 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Flexible

Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

Outline for distance course: Teaching principally consists of self-studies and correspondence with the head teacher via the Student Portal. To participate in the course, you need a computer and access to the Internet. There are no common course sessions.

Entry Requirements: Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree with a social science subject as the main field of study.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12500

About the course:

This course trains you in writing an advanced review of theory and evidence within a specific research field. The review demonstrates to what extent you are able to identify the most important works, trends and debates within a certain field. Such a review is a necessary ingredient in a Master's thesis but the skills acquired in this course are also useful in many professional activities involving analytical tasks. Summarising, identifying and delimiting the boundaries of knowledge are key skills when preparing strategic documents, when deriving policy recommendations or when deciding between various policy options.
The course provides you with the opportunity to acquire skills in how to independently assess the state of knowledge within a given field of research. Online supervision sessions and assignments will assist you in identifying and analysing a specific field of research and you are encouraged to select a field closely linked to your future Master's thesis. Throughout the course you acquire skills in summarising and presenting theories and results, including being able to identify and to critically scrutinise the basic assumptions within a field of research. In addition, you will develop skills in how to make literature searches using various databases and in how to best present your literature review for various audiences.

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Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Gamla Torget 3, 1tr 753 20 Uppsala

Box 514, 751 20 UPPSALA


Chris Chau


Telephone: +46 18 471 23 79