PhD Course on methods

How to conduct high-quality research methods during your PhD work? 

Media and technology are important entities to study in many different fields of research. Hence this course may be relevant across different disciplines and we invite also PhD students from other Departments and Faculties to participate. 

Aims of the PhD course:

  • To enable PhD students to conduct high-quality research
  • To learn and discuss useful tools sharpening the methodological approaches for studying media and communication

The course combines the two aims by offering a step-wise program of methods and techniques by Ketil Stølen (see description below), and a dedicated session where PhD candidates present their methodology and get feedback on how to improve it. 


10:15-12:00: How to apply methods when researching media technology? (Kjetil Stølen)

12:30-1600: PhD-candidates present their methodology or methods issues they are struggling with: 10 min each/15 min discussion and feedback (Stølen and Brandtzæg).

The length of the last session will depend up on how many PhD-students that will present.


For questions about the course: Professor Petter Bae Brandtzæg, IMK

For registration and administrative issues: Senior Advisor Katerina Houben, IMK

Learning outcome 


Understand the characteristics of various methods in order to do research on media technologies.


  • Can make a high-level research design
  • Can conduct data collection and analysis


  • Can combine knowledge and skills to make a research design/draft method chapter for a PhD study
  • Reflect critically on the use and outcomes of various methods


3 credits for preparing for the course, presenting the method and completing the course, or 1 credit for attending the course without presenting own method.

Reading list

The course pariticipants will be asked to do some obligatory reading before the course. The list will be sent to the registered course participants in January 2022.


The priority is given to the IMK PhD fellows (both internal and external). IMK PhD fellows can register for the course by contacting the Research and PhD Adviser Katerina Houben. Deadline for registration: January 31, 2022

PhD fellows from other Departments and Faculties of the UiO are also welcome to apply as far as there is availability. Please send an email with the following information to Research and PhD Adviser Katerina Houben:

  • information about which PhD program you are enrolled in
  • short information about your thesis (title, theory, empiri, methods used)
  • your motivation and expectations for this course. 

Deadline: February 7, 2022

About the lecturers

Ketil Stølen (b. 1957) is Chief Scientist at SINTEF Digital. Since 1998 he is Professor II at the University of Oslo. He holds a Cand Scient degree from the University of Oslo and a PhD from the University of Manchester. Both degrees are in computer science.

Stølen has been involved in numerous research projects, in Norway as well as internationally, and often in a leading role. His field of interest is wide and he has published extensively.

This has resulted in more than 100 research papers and four books in the form of monographs. His latest book was published by Universitetsforlaget in December 2019, which is about technology science and its research method.

Published Dec. 17, 2021 1:13 PM - Last modified Mar. 15, 2022 8:35 AM