To principal aim of this module is to develop the students’ research and analytical skills required: (a) for undertaking the MSc thesis, and (b) for their future careers. This course is part of the methods course package for MSc students in M&O. It offers guidance and instruction on how to develop a research proposal for your Master thesis, as well as some explorations into research philosophy.

The course topics include: research purpose, approaches to research, types of research, elements of research (theory, data, methods), literature, explanation, analytical thinking, and ethics in research. The course further helps you to enhance your skills in developing a research question, in reading, and in exploring literature.