23122-V Research Skills, 5 sp

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

Efter avlagd kurs kan du: 
  • 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
Studerandes totala arbetsmängd: 

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


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

Litteratur och undervisningsmaterial: 

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.

Examination och bedömning: 

A written e-exam of the course literature. 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. The exams are assessed by the following deadlines (not 2 weeks after each individual exam): 11.10.2018, 8.11.2018, 13.12.2018, 11.1.2019, 15.2.2019 and 15.3.2019. Students who have taken the exam at the latest two days before the deadline will receive the exam result on the above dates. You will get 5 ECTS and the full grade for the course only after having past the whole course.

Evaluation of written assignments and class activity in Period 4.

Please note that written assignments can be checked for plagiarism.

Rekommenderad tidpunkt: 

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 (course code to be added).

Motsvarande kurser: 

23077-1 and 23077-2 Research Seminar (pre-2018-2019 study plans)

Note that the names of courses have changed. This course was previously called the Research Seminar course (23077). The new Research Seminar course (to which the text in the course description above alludes) replaces the 23069 Master Thesis Writing Course. Those students who have passed this 23122 course will be given the opportunity to start on their thesis in May 2019, that is, to start on the new Research Seminar course in the Summer Period 2 (SP2). The summer course extends over SP2 and SP1.