Applied Research Methods

Course content

Applied Research Methods familiarizes students with relevant topics within qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students are expected to have some knowledge about one or more of the methods. Therefore, the course will focus on specific methods that are of relevance for cross-disciplinary analysis and research. The course is built around a case study in Copenhagen on a topic relevant for global development. Group work on the case study is employed as means to increase students’ methodological skills and analytical capacities.


MSc programme in Global Development

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student should be able to:



  • Describe central concepts in qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis and GIS methods



  • Plan and perform a survey
  • Perform statistical analyses of survey data, using appropriate statistical software
  • Plan and perform participant observation and qualitative interviews
  • Perform qualitative analyses, using appropriate software.
  • Write an integrated report of main research findings.



  • Select relevant methods for data gathering and analysis;
  • Critically examine and evaluate the choice of research method in scientific and scholarly work;
  • Ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries.

The course is based on a combination of lectures and interactive seminars drawing on relevant academic literature. Students develop their practical skills through exercises and an extensive empirical case study in Copenhagen combining and integrating the research methods.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
Written group report of maximum 12 pages with individual contributions clearly indicated. The report is composed of quantitative and qualitative data and an integrated analysis of the findings.

Formal requirements for written assignments and exams are described in section 4.5 in Curricula’s Common Part.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See 'Learning Outcome'

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 24
  • Preparation
  • 96
  • Practical exercises
  • 50
  • Seminar
  • 24
  • Exam
  • 16
  • English
  • 210


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1
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Study Board for Global Development
Contracting department
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Law
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
  • Department of Economics
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Henrik Hansen   (13-6e6b74786f71346e6774796b74466b69757434717b346a71)
Saved on the 25-05-2023

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