EUR3415 - Research and Project Planning


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

How to conduct research on European integration, the EU and European relations after 1945? What sources are available and where? How to write a research design and thesis proposal? How to identify and use suitable methods and theories in the thesis? How to organize the work on the MA thesis? This course will provide detailed answers to these important questions. It will provide students with an overview of recent research and trends within European Studies, and enhance students' knowledge about and awareness of how research in European Studies is conducted and carried out, especially with regards to the use of sources and methodological/theoretical approaches. The course will strengthen students' ability to successfully research and write their master thesis project. It includes lectures to familiarize students with research ethics, relevant categories of sources for European Studies, as well as significant methods of presenting relevant research.

Learning outcome

Successful candidates are expected to have acquired the following knowledge and skills:



  • understand what is required for writing a larger, research-based academic work
  • are familiar with current research ethical guidelines and have an overview of relevant categories of sources
  • have a thorough knowledge of recent research in key areas of European integration, the European Union and European relations after 1945
  • have gained insights into how to conceptualize their MA thesis topic, plan and carry out the research necessary for writing up the MA thesis


Candidates are able to

  • identify and critically analyse various types of sources
  • participate actively in discussions about the contents of texts/projects that are dealt with in the course
  • identify and use methods, theories, and sources in their MA thesis project
  • write a research design and project description
  • present their project to peers

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. It is expected that compulsories and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation

Further on evaluation

Obligatory oral presentation and final research proposal. It is expected that compulsories and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
European Studies (MEURSTUD)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Master's programme in European Studies/masterprogrammet i Europastudier.

Course materials

Available at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EUR3410 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • European Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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