Methods Courses

IRES requires that each PhD and Master’s student takes at least one methods course. The course is to be chosen in consultation with your supervisor(s) and may be among the courses listed below. Students, supervisors and committee members are welcome to propose additional methods courses which may be added to the list after approval by the IRES core faculty.

Methodology is a concept with numerous meanings and to avoid misunderstandings, we hereby specify our interpretation of the concept. By method we mean the procedures which may be used to collect and scrutinize/analyze re-searchable empirical material (data). A methods course should allow the student to deepen their understanding of strengths and challenges with the chosen approach on a general level. In addition, the student should acquire an increased ability to handle specific techniques for data collection and analysis. Consequently, the course must address methodological issues from a general perspective of relevance for other techniques than those specifically taught in the course (gas-chromatography, interviews, statistical trend analysis etc). It is common to find courses on qualitative and quantitative methods which meet these requirements.

A chart including previously approved methods courses follows below. You and your supervisor are welcome to propose a different methods course which you both feel would be relevant and helpful toward your research.



To register for a course please visit the Student Service Centre website.