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UV9201 – Basic Course in Quantitative Research Methodology

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The course covers central topics in quantitative methodology, with a particular focus on validity issues (construct validity, statistical validity, internal and external validity) related to various kinds of inferences drawn from empirical research (interpretations, causal inferences, and generalisations). Validity issues will be discussed in relation to theories of truth as well as to research designs and statistical analyses. The ontological and epistemological basis of quantitative research will be presented, emphasizing critical realism. 

Various research designs will be presented and discussed with focus on quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs. Analysis issues will be discussed, with emphasis on principles and limitations of statistical control as a substitute for experimental control.


PhD candidates at the Faculty of Educational Sciences will be given priority, but it is also possible for others to apply for the course. Applicants must have at least a Master's degree.

Candidates admitted to the PhD Programme at the Faculty of Educational Sciences should apply through Studentweb

Other applicants may apply using this application form

Registration deadline: September 24, 2017.


Open lectures and seminars.

You will find the timetable and literature on the semester webpage for this course.


1 credit point for course participation (80% attendance required).
5 credit points for course participation and submitted paper (7-10 pages, Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1,5). 80% attendance is required.

Papers are to be submitted electronically to Joshua Lawrence ( with a copy to Olga Mukhina ( The deadline for paper submission is 12 November 2017.

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Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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This course will be substituted with a new course in Quantitative Research Methodology.

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