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PhD-course in Research Design (DUH225)

Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian

The course offers an introduction to research design particularly related to quantitative and qualitative approaches and mixed-methods. Lectures will present an overview of different types of design within the three main types, with examples from ongoing or recent research projects. In seminars students will take active part in critical and constructive discussions of the designs of fellow students, discussions of examples of research designs as well as creative design processes. The seminars will be the starting point for the work with the course assignment.
Learning outcome


The student will gain knowledge of:

  • What a research design is
  • Different types of qualitative and quantitative designs, and mixed methods designs
  • The foundations and the appropriateness of different design in the social sciences and the humanities.


By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the inherent logic of a research design
  • Discuss and evaluate appropriate research design
  • Reflect on and if necessary revise the design of a research project
  • Develop an appropriate research design

General competence

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand similarities and differences between types of research design
  • Identify and reflect on different challenges related to the development of an appropriate research design
  • Apply skills and knowledge on research design to develop and refine a research proposal
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Folder evaluation 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation will be based on a portfolio consisting of two papers (a total of 4000 words +/- 10%), allowing the students to apply their skill and knowledge on research design. Paper 1: A refined abstract of your thesis with a memo concerning your research design where you a) discuss and state the reason for one or more design choice; b) reflect on challenges related to your designPaper 2: Short and to the point introduction to a project description, where you focus on rationale and a representation of the research design as a whole.

Coursework requirements
Active participation in lectures and seminars
Attendance at the sessions is obligatory. A student who, for whatever reason, is absent from 25% or more of the sessions will not be permitted to submit the paper.
Course teacher(s)
Course teacher: Per Henning Uppstad
Course coordinator: Arne Olav Nygard
Course teacher: Atle Skaftun
Method of work

The course will be held as lectures and seminars with discussions and student activity.

A detailed timetable will be available to the course participants at the beginning of the semester.

Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
PhD-course in Research Design (DLV225_1) 5
Open for

The course is open for PhD-candidates at the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stavanger. PhD-candidates at PhD-programs at other research institutions may also participate in the course.

The course is taught in Norwegian unless some of the participants do not understand a Scandinavian language. In this case, English will be the teaching language.

Course assessment
An evaluation form in accordance with the expectations in the UiS quality system will be made available to the candidates after the completion of the course. The course participants are encouraged to contribute to the course evaluation.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto