HIST3105 - Research Methods in History


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

The course deals with the research process; namely the available tools and the necessary knowledge and skills required to write history on an advanced specialist level. The course will serve as a guide in students' transfer from being consumers and recipients of historical knowledge to becoming producers of this knowledge. Reflections on the student's new role will be a central feature in this course. The course will provide an introduction to the tools historians make use of in their work with sources and research literature, in the methods available to facilitate the preparation and management of the sources, and in the writing of a master's thesis. We will also discuss other relevant topics, i.e. the relationship between student and supervisor, the requirements and expectations of the master's thesis as a genre, and research ethics. A detailed term plan will be available at start of term. Contact course co-ordinator for more information.

Learning outcome

A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome according to the course curriculum, defined as knowledge and skills:


The candidate should

  • have acquired an insight in how to develop a project from a preliminary set of ideas through a more defined approach
  • have knowledge of central methods in historical research
  • have experience in giving an account of and discussing relevant literature in written form
  • have a knowledge of different types of historical sources used by historians
  • know how to make use of some of the important archival and bibliographic institutions as well as digital resources used by historians
  • have a knowledge of how to carry out the process of writing a master's thesis
  • have a knowledge of the formal requirements of a master's thesis
  • have a clear understanding of ethical questions of relevance to their project


The candidate should

  • have the skills to write history on an advanced specialist level
  • be able to competently assess relevant methods for their studies
  • have the skills to reflect on and discuss different types of sources
  • be able to competently inform herself of and discuss relevant literature
  • be able to develop a project that fills the genre's requirements when it comes to scientific approach, structure and discussion of relevant literature
  • have experience in verbal presentation of central themes in the field the candidate is writing her thesis in

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of lectures and seminars, where students participate actively. There are also visits to relevant archival institutions with relevant practical exercises, as well as one oral presentation connected to the archival visit(s). When required, students will be divided into groups to meet the requirements of the specialized fields within the discipline.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation

Further on evaluation

The course has a portfolio assessment with an overall passed/not passed grade. The portfolio assessment consists of written work, and one additional obligatory oral presentation connected to one of the written works. There will be individual assignments and group assignments. It is a requirement to have the oral presentation approved in order to receive a grade in the course.

A more detailed description of the assessment will be given at the start of the semester. Alternative arrangements for the assessment can be discussed with the course coordinator at the beginning of the semester.

All parts of the portfolio will have to receive a pass grade in the same semester for the total of the portfolio to receive a passed grade. In semesters when the course is not taught, NTNU will not be offering a resit examination.

Required previous knowledge

Admission to one of the following Master's programmes: History, French, German, English, 5-years MA in History with Teacher Education, 5-years MA in Languages with Teacher Education

Course materials

See syllabus

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KRIG3100 7.5 AUTUMN 2024
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • History
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Modern History and Society


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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