VLR3008 - Research Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course provides the student with an insight in research methods relevant for the Master of science in Counselling and the Master of Science in Learning in Working Life and Society. This includes the presentation and discussion of methodology, philosophy of science and research ethics, as well as principles and challenges.

There will be a particular focus on analysis of empirical materials within the research process. The term paper should be a discussion of a methodological research question. The paper can be related to the research question and choice of method for the planned master's thesis. The student is obliged to choose her/his own curriculum in relation to the paper.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The student has developed advanced knowledge in methodological and ethical challenges.

Skills: The student is able to critically and autonomously present, reflect on and assess research, and can carry out practical assignments.

General competence: The student has specialized insight into and understanding of methodology, philosophy of science and research ethics.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars. Take a look at blackboard for detailed information about compulsory assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation in class 80%
  • Approved exercises.
  • Approved list of chosen curriculum for the term paper

Further on evaluation

Term paper of about 15 pages (A4, line spacing 1,5, Times New Roman 12 pt.). Both relevant compulsory curriculum and chosen curriculum should be used in the paper.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Counselling Science (MRÅDG)
Learning in Working Life and Society (MVL)

Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Counselling
  • Adult Education and Learning
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning


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



Room Building Number of candidates
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