Specialised Research Practice

Course - second cycle - 15 credits

Syllabus for students autumn 2022, autumn 2021

Course Code:
ME660E revision 1
Swedish name:
Specialiserad forskningspraktik
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Media Technology
Date of ratification:
20 June 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Technology and Society
Enforcement date:
30 August 2021

Entry requirements

  1. Bachelor degree in media technology or in a related field with a minimum 180 European Credit Transfer System credits. Examples of related fields include: computer science, informatics, information systems, human-computer interaction, interaction design, media/IT management, game development, media and communication science and digital cultural studies.
  2. English proficiency equivalent to English 6 from a Swedish upper secondary school

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is part of the main area of study media technology and can be included in the degree requirements for a Degree of Master of Science in Media Technology (120 credits).


In this course, students specialize in a relevant research field of their choice by working within an existing research project or leading a small research project that aims at producing a journal article or a conference contribution.


  • An independent, small media technology research project is carried out, individually or in a group, in consultation with supervisors and, in relevant cases, a partner from the business community or public sector.
  • The purpose of the research project is to deepen and broaden the ability for scientific research and the student's theoretical and methodological knowledge.
  • The work includes literature search, planning and implementation of the project, critical analyses of relevant scientific literature and the student's own results.
  • Oral and written presentations are included in the work.
  • The student is expected to participate in relevant seminars and other activities of the research group in which project takes place.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and experience of planning, executing, documenting and presenting a research problem in media technology,
  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of media technology research processes.
Competence and abilities
By the end of the course students should be able to:
  • choose and evaluate adequate methodologies for research,
  • demonstrate independent, critical and creative thinking in the planning, implementation and evaluation of research,
  • formulate scientific questions in connection to a research project,
  • independently identify, gather, analyze and interpret results of relevant existing research,
  • communicate research results clearly, effectively and persuasively in writing and orally.
Evaluation abilities and approach
By the end of the course students should be able to:
  • discuss the link between theoretical and practical knowledge within a research project,
  • assess the time planning and collaboration needs of a research project and manage them accordingly,
  • take into account relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects surrounding a research project.

Learning activities

The course consists of seminars, workshops and independent study.


Grading is based on oral and written examination, including active participations in seminar and project work.
The course is assessed based on the following:

  • Seminars (5 credits, UG)
  • Project (3 credits, UA)
  • Paper (7 credits, UA)
For a pass (A-E): At least grade E on project (3 credits) and paper (7 credits) and grade G on seminar participation is required. Course grade is calculated based on the weighted average of assessed parts.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

The course has no specified course literature. Relevant literature is determined in consultation with the examiner and supervisor.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who are taking or have completed a course with the opportunity to share their experiences of and opinions about the course in the form of a course evaluation that is arranged by the University. The University compiles the course evaluations and notifies the results and any decisions regarding actions brought about by the course evaluations. The results shall be kept available for the students. (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

When a course is no longer given, or the contents have been radically changed, the student has the right to re-take the examination, which will be given twice during a one year period, according to the syllabus which was valid at the time of registration.

Other Information

The syllabus is a translation of a Swedish source text.