Course Description

Academic degree: Bachelor's /Undergraduate/ degree
Master degree                            

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the logic, norms, possible applications, and opportunities of academic texts and work. The course is composed of two classes: a weekly organized lecture and a weekly organized seminar. Throughout the lecture the students will get a complex picture about the theoretical principles on which scientific research is based. They will also see how these principles are reflected in the established techniques for doing research. And finally, they will be prepared to make appropriate compromises whenever field conditions do not permit the routine application of established techniques. However, the course of Research Methodology is useful not only for PhD students and scholars but for everyone who wants to make a professional work on a subject. If you are familiar with academic standards, your way of thinking and your performance may be more professional. Why? Anacademic essay, thesis, or research project should demonstrate that its author(s) has

By the end of the course students will develop a research paper defending their opinion on an academic topic. They will demonstrate the ability to properly organize a paper, conduct academic research, synthesize their ideas, and correctly cite sources.


   Below, I list the main topics to be covered during the semester. 

I. Introduction: The scientific way of thinking

II. On Research

III. Literature Review

IV. Conceptualisation

V. The ”Methodology” of Data

VI. Research Design

VII. Relevant research methods

Educational Resources

József Zoltán Málik: Research Methodology (Master). Budapest: Metropolian University, 2019. (in pdf version)


  1. Pick up a research topic and present it briefly.
    • Why did you choose it?
    • Why is it worthy of attention?
  2. Create a research question and justify why you posed the question.
    • Some aspects: theoretically significance, practical relevance, originality.
  3. Choose and explain a concept, typology, or an ideal type related to your chosen topic. 
  4. Develop two hypotheses
  5. Present an appropriate Research Design/Methods.
  6. Create an annotated bibliography using at least 2 resources.

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