AGDK14001U Applied Research Methods

Volume 2020/2021

MSc programme in Global Development


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 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.

Learning Outcome

After completing the course, the student should be able to:



·  Describe central concepts in qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis and discuss their strengths and limitations.



·  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

·  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 will be based on a combination of lectures and interactive seminars drawing on relevant academic literature. Students will develop their practical skills through exercises and an extensive empirical case study in Copenhagen combining and integrating the research methods.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 24
  • Preparation
  • 96
  • Practical exercises
  • 50
  • Seminar
  • 24
  • Exam
  • 16
  • Total
  • 210
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
The exam is a written group report composed of an integrated analysis of the findings.
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.

In order to contact to sign up for the re-exam please contact Ulla Andersen, You must sign up no later than 14 days before the re-exam date.

Criteria for exam assesment

See 'Learning Outcome'