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
The report has a page limit of 10 normal pages including maps, plots, and tables. Transcribed interviews indicating names of interviewers should be attached as appendices.
The report must contain:
1. A short introduction (the background, what methods have been used and how)
2. Results of the quantitative survey (tables and figures, with good comments)
3. Short narrative presentation of results from qualitative interviews and participant observation.
4. An integrated analysis of results.
The report must be presented to the class. To ensure that individual contributions to the report are acknowledged, the report must include a brief clarification specifying each member’s precise contribution to the report. Groups consists of up to six students.

Formal requirements for written assignments and exams are described in section 4.5 in Curricula’s Common Part.
Exam registration requirements

Students will be distributed over two seminar classes, and those will be subdivided again in smaller groups of students (depending on the total number of students) who are expected to work together throughout the course in a manner approaching professional collaboration. Active participation in the seminar groups is a mandatory prerequisite for taking the final exam. Each group is expected present a paper during the course and participation in the group presentation is required.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship

If you fail an examination, you will be allowed two more attempts to pass the relevant course. The first re-examination will typically be scheduled immediately following the semester (February/August). The second re-examination will typically be scheduled in the following exam period.

If you need to sign up for a re-examination use the self service.

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   (13-726f787c737538726b787d6f784a6f6d797838757f386e75)

Magnus Eldrup
Kasper Hoffmann

Saved on the 13-09-2023

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