Course Syllabus for

Methodology for Research on the Built Environment
Metodik för forskning inom samhällsbyggnad

VBR005F, 5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2020
Decided by: Gudbjörg Erlingsdóttir
Date of establishment: 2020-11-09

General Information

Division: Division of Fire Safety Engineering
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The aim is that the postgraduate students get an understanding of how scientific studies may be planned, carried out and reviewed within the framework of engineering science and the built environment.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course will be centred around the book Research Methodology and it consists of five seminars with five different topics. The students will read in the course book prior to each seminar and send a summary, reflection and three (3) discussion questions one (1) week prior to each seminar to the responsible lecturer. The discussion questions will be distributed to all the students and they will be discussed at the seminar. The discussion will be related to research on the built environment.

Course Literature

Säfsten, K. & Gustavsson, M.: Forskningsmetodik. Studentlitteratur, 2020. ISBN 9789144122304.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Seminars, self-study literature review. Literature is read before each seminar

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written assignments, seminars given by participants
Grading scale: Failed, pass
Examiner: Senior lecturer Nils Johansson

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: The student is enrolled as doctoral student.
Minimum number of participants: 6
Selection criteria: Doctoral students at the Department of Building & Environmental Technology have priority.

Further Information

The course will be given in Swedish if only Swedish participants.

Course Occasion Information

Start date: 2023-09-13. Start date is approximate.
End date: 2024-03-01
Course pace: 25% of full time

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Nils Johansson <>
Other information: Course can be attended online. However, it is encouraged that the student is present in Lund

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