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

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

Autumn 2024

  • Topics

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

    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

    Based on this seminar students should be able to:


    • understand the relationship between problem formulation and research design
    • 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 research problems
    • carry out research and scholarly research work of a high international standard


    • 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 a research proposal in class. If necessary, depending on the Corona situation the course will be digital.

  • Restricted access

    PhD candidates from NHH as well as PhD candidates in accounting or closely related topics, from other institutions can take part in the course.

  • Recommended prerequisites

    The seminar builds on MET501A

  • Assessment

    Individual written research proposal.

  • Grading Scale


  • Computer tools

    No special

  • 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