Emneplan forMAPD4000 Philosophy of Science and Design Research

Engelsk emnenavn
Philosophy of Science and Design Research
Høst: Masterstudium i produktdesign – design for kompleksitet
10 stp.


Design has evolved into a discipline that aims to make a positive impact in many different aspects of nature and society. As a result, designers find themselves in increasingly cross-disciplinary and multimodal environments, where they need to discover, investigate, define problems, and support claims based on evidence gained through universal scientific and academic practices. In this course, students will gain the ability to conduct scientific design research and develop an understanding of its relevance to practice.    


Admission to the Master's programme.


After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence: 


The student has knowledge of 

  • the philosophical underpinnings of scientific research 
  • various theories and methods in science and design research  
  • ethical implications of scientific and professional work 


The student is able to  

  • plan and complete their own research projects 
  • identify, discuss and evaluate relevant research theories and methods 
  • integrate academic scientific methods and rigor in practice based and creative research 
  • write articles according to universal academic standards 

General competence 

The student 

  • has a developed understanding of academic and practical design research and its relevance to practice 


  • History and philosophy of science 
  • Scientific research methods 
  • Ethics in research and professional work 
  • Research by design 
  • Studio workshop experiments 

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

The most important teaching and learning methods for this course are lectures, seminars, group work, self-study, studio work and tutoring.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

The following required coursework must be approved before the student can take the exam: 

  • Attendance of minimum 80% 
  • 2 milestone deliverables (oral presentation and/or written) 
  • One written assignment (2500 - 4000 words) 

Vurdering og eksamen

Individual or group assignment, consisting of: 

  • Individual written home examination
  • 2500 - 4000 words long, or in accordance with specifications set by a publication channel of the student's choice 
  • Students can choose to work in groups, but must submit 1 (one) written assignment per student 
  • Language: English or Norwegian

The examination result can be appealed.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

No restrictions


A grading scale of A (highest) to F (lowest) where A to E is a pass grade and F is a fail grade.


Two internal. External examiner is used periodically.