Research Designs and Methodological Choices: Research Proposal (Accounting track)

MET501C Research Designs and Methodological Choices: Research Proposal (Accounting track)

  • Topics


    The purpose of the seminar is to enhance and reinforce knowledge and understanding of the various steps in the research process based on their own research problem. The seminar builds on MET501-A and students should apply skills acquired from MET501-A to write and set up their own research proposal.

    The goal of the seminar is to further strengthen students skills in formulating research questions and developing designs to answer these questions, but in contrast to the general approach used in MET501-A the seminar focuses on students own research project. Students with a specific interest in management accounting, financial accounting or auditing are organized in this group.

    The seminar will cover research related to:

    • Argumentation and research questions
    • Various methodological choices relevant for students dissertation
    • Examples of research design within accounting research

  • Learning outcome

    Learning outcome

    Based on this seminar students should be able to:


    - understand the relationship between problem formulation and research design

    - can evaluate the appropriateness and application of different methods and processes relevant for their dissertation


    - formulate adequate research problems for their own research project

    - critically assess methodological choices relevant for their own research project (dissertation)

    - develop and formulate researchable research problems

    - can carry out research and scholarly research work of a high international standard


    - can communicate and discuss research with a peer audience.

  • Teaching


    The course contains several seminars addressing central topics relevant for writing a paper or dissertation (3-4 seminars). The candidate will also have to present the research proposal in class,

  • Recommended prerequisites

    Recommended prerequisites

    The seminar builds on MET501-A

  • Assessment


    Written research proposal. Presentation of written research proposal.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale


  • Computer tools

    Computer tools

    No special

  • Semester



  • Literature


    Selected articles, PhD proposals and parts of PhD thesis. The program with complete list of readings will be available in due time prior to the seminar.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language
English if non-norwegian speaking participants.

Course responsible

Katarina Kaarbøe