UV9501 – Mixed methods

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Spring 2020: As a precautionary measure, to help prevent the Corona virus from spreading, the course has been postponed to spring 2021. All applicants will be notified. New dates are May 10-12, 2021 + a fourth day as an optional writing workshop.


Can we really mix methods in social science research and evaluation? If so, what does it look like? How can it be done? If not. Why? In this PhD course we will explore these and other questions. The aim is for all of us to better understand mixed methods research in social science research and evaluation. We will explore if mixed methods are really a third paradigm of research or if these methods are simply a presentation (or use) of the two dominant (qualitative and qualitative) research paradigms in one space.

More specifically, within this course we hope to provide an overview of mixed methods research, consisting of the history and philosophy of mixed methods, emerging literature within the field, purposes and characteristics of mixed methods research, types of research problems typically addressed, the specification of mixed methods purpose statements and research questions and types of major mixed methods designs. A large emphasis of this course we will focus on the “why” in addition to the “how”, and we will discuss mixed methods designs and how they are used in social science research.

At the completion of the course, the participants should be able to thoughtfully discuss why or why not mixed methods should be considered its own research paradigm. And if it should, how can it help inform your PhD project?

The PhD course combines lectures, paper presentations, plenary discussions, and an optional writing workshop. It is a basic building block towards finalising a mixed methods article and/or PhD thesis.

Work format:    Lectures, presentations, and writing workshop

Hours:              26 hours (seminar and writing workshop combined)

Credits:            Participation four days and submitted paper: 3 study points. Participation the first three days, without paper: 1 study point


This course has been developed for PhD candidates affiliated with the Faculty of Educational Sciences (UV), but others may also apply to participate. As a minimum requirement, all participants must hold at least a Master's degree.

PhD candidates affiliated with the Faculty of Educational Sciences will be given priority and are to register through Studentweb.
Others may apply through web form (link will be published when registration is open).
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Formal prerequisite knowledge

The participants should bring to the PhD course a working knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research methods. More specifically, the participants must have completed at least one course in quantitative and one course in qualitative methods at the graduate level. Little attention will be given to building these skills. If you are concerned with your knowledge of either quantitative or qualitative methods please contact the course responsible for the current semester.



Approved participation the first three days and submitted paper: 3 study points.

Approved participation the first three days, without paper: 1 study point.

80% attendance is required.

The fourth day is an optional writing workshop.


To obtain 3 study points, the participants need to submit a paper, which addresses methodological challenges, two weeks after the writing workshop (this workshop is optional). The paper might be intended as the methods section in an empirical article or in the extended abstract (kappe).

PhD students can choose to write a paper before the course and revise the paper after the final course day, which is a writing seminar. The paper should be submitted to the course responsible.

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