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Research Methodology


This is an internet based course only for our master programme students. Can be applied to within programme only.

This course provides you with means on how to define, plan and carry out a project at an academic level. The project is intended to be your master´s thesis, but could be any academic report. The Research Methodology course is a prerequisite for the master thesis course in the master programme in GIS, and open as elective to our other master´s programmes.

Course content

The course is best suited to be run in close relation or even parallel to the progress of the project. It is divided into several parts involving both theoretical lectures and practical exercises. Library Knowledge presents how to find relevant books and journals, as being a fundamental part of any academic report. Scientific Theories and Scientific Methods introduce general theories, as well as provide you with an opportunity to focus on methods relevant to your own research area. Argument Theory involves basic structures of arguments that are discussed and exemplified.

Teaching methods

Teaching consists of lectures, practical exercises and project reports that you will submit to your teachers.

Distance learning

This is an internet based course only for our master programme students. You are not required to travel to Lund to attend.


Course coordinator

Course facts

Level: Advanced
Credits: 7,5 ECTS
Period: Autumn & Spring
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements and 90 ECTS, including 30 ECTS in GIS, equivalent to GISA21 and GISA22
Technical prerequisites: PC with Windows 7 or better; Internet connection

Course syllabus (pdf, 221 kb, new window)

For current students