Research Design and Methodology in an Interdisciplinary Context

5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1GV203

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Sustainable Energy Transition G2F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 4 March 2021
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

60 credits in sustainable energy transition including Philosophy of Science and Methodology in an Interdisciplinary Context.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • plan and design a scientific study in sustainable energy transition with a scientific and ethical approach.
  • explain and apply in practice the connection between scientific theory, research question and choice of methodology.
  • account for different research methodologies in depth with a focus on quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • critically review and give feedback on the design and execution of a scientific study.


The aim of the course is to give practice in and an increased understanding of how scientific studies of interdiciplinary energy related topics can be designed and implemented. During the course, scientific studies are analysed and discussed with a focus on the design of research questions, choice of method, research ethical perspectives and theoretical approaches. The student also develops a design for a prospective scientific study. A special focus is given to providing the students with an increased understanding of the specific method suggested in their research design. Finally, the students review and provide feedback on each other's suggested research designs. The content of the course builds on previous training in fundamental scientific theory, research methodology and scientific approaches, and works as preparation for an independent scientific project.


Lectures, assignments and seminars.


Written assignments (3 credits), and active participation in seminars and oral presentations (2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course cannot be included in the same degree as 1GV189, ​Scientific Methods II.