UV9202A – Basic Course in Quantitative Research Methodology. Part A.

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Course content

This basic course will cover general themes relevant for all quantitative research, but with an emphasis on issues related to robustness and quality. A core theme will be how we can identify effects and predictions and how to test them empirically. It will be structured around two overarching topics, namely experimental research and observational studies. For experimental studies, the course will cover different design types and give applied examples concerning how to analyze experimental data (e.g. how to measure intervention effects, how to control for baseline differences, how to use effect sizes etc.). For observational studies, the course will focus on longitudinal studies and explore examples on how to design such studies and analyze longitudinal data (e.g. how to measure stability, change and development).

The Basic Course in Quantitative Research Methodology comprises two parts, A and B. Part A provides an overview of the above mentioned topics, while Part B is to extend this to more advanced topics with practical applications. For candidates specializing in qualitative methods, taking part A of the course will be sufficient.

Part A is to provide an overview of different research designs and accompanying analyses. The focus will be on how to build a bridge between research questions, hypotheses, study design, analyses, and the interpretation of findings. Issues of validity will be emphasised.  

Learning outcome

Upon completion of Part A, the students will have a basic understanding of the processes of conducting quantitative research, different research designs, and the accompanying analyses. They should also be able to evaluate the quality and validity of quantitative research. The course is intended to help the students to understand better the different methodological approaches applied in educational sciences and thus strengthen their scientific thinking.


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 17, 2021.


The course will include lectures and assignments. Active contributions from the students in the form of discussion and task completion are expected. 
Students will be asked to present a critical reading of one empirical study from the reading list of the course, and complete a simple hands-on assignment. 

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


3 credit points for course participation (80% attendance is required) and an approved written assignment. The assignment (5-7 pages, Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1,5) should be a critical analysis of a published empirical article, and must discuss the quality and validity of the study.

The assignment is to be submitted electronically in Canvas.

Deadline for assignment submission is December 1, 2021.

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

Contact us

Olga Mukhina (olga.mukhina@iped.uio.no)

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