Courses Research Skills

23122-V Research Skills , 5 sp

Advanced studies
Teaching language
Course description

The aim of this course is to develop students' research and analytical skills required for: 1) undertaking the Master thesis, and 2) for their future careers. The course offers guidance and instruction on how to develop a research proposal for your Master thesis and should be taken and completed prior to writing the Master thesis.

The course consists of two parts. Part 1, a literature exam (approx. 2 ECTS), has to be passed before taking Part 2, which consists of lectures and assignments (approx. 3 ECTS).

The course is compulsory for all students in Marketing and Management Programme. This course has to be passed before you can take the Research Seminar course 23170-V.

Learning Goal

You are prepared to independently plan, implement, and present a research project, which results in an academic Master’s Thesis.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • differentiate academic research from practical research
  • critically analyse the quality of academic research performed by others
  • formulate a suitable academic research problem and purpose
  • write a research proposal
  • write a master’s thesis according to Hanken’s requirements

Completed bachelor's degree.


Self-studies for the literature exam. In-class instruction for the assignments part.

Total Student Workload

134 hours divided into
Scheduled (contact) hours: 24 h
Non-scheduled work: 110h (of which the literature exam is approx. 54h)

Recommended Time of Performance

This course is recommended to be taken during the first year of Master’s studies. The entire Research Skills course has to be passed before taking the Research Seminar course.

The Master’s thesis is typically initiated and finalized during the second year of studies. When writing the actual thesis, you need to separately enrol in the Research Seminar course (23170-V).


A written e-exam of the course literature 100%
Students who fail the exam cannot take the assignments part of the course. The whole course has to be passed in order to take the Research Seminar course (23170-V).

A list of possible exam questions are made available in Moodle. The exam consist of a random sample of these questions. You will get 5 ECTS and the full grade for the course only after having past the whole course.

Please note that written assignments can be checked for plagiarism.

Saunders, M. N. K., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2009). Research Methods for Business Students. 5th edition. Harlow: FT Prentice Hall. (2009 or later)


Saunders, M. & Lewis, P. (2011). Doing Research in Business and Management. Harlow: FT Prentice Hall.

Other readings include: master's theses and 2-3 journal articles, pertaining to the assignments.

Students who have completed the earlier courses 23077-1-V and 23077-2-V (called Research Seminar in the pre-2018-2019 study plans) cannot take this course.

Note that the names of courses have changed. This course was previously called Research seminar course (23077-V). The new 23170-V Research Seminar course (5 ECTS), where you start on your thesis, replaces the 23069-V Master Thesis Writing Course (6 ECTS).