About the ECPR Methods School
Good research requires solid methodology; a belief key to the aims of the ECPR and the reason for the creation of its Methods School.
Our Methods School offers up-to-date methods training across the whole range of methodologies (and across different paradigms and approaches), which are particularly salient for research questions in political science and neighbouring disciplines.
Courses deal with all stages of a project and cater to the needs of research at macro and micro level. They cover quantitative and qualitative designs as well as positivist and interpretative perspectives.
You can take courses on a standalone basis or combine them over one or more events to provide a fuller, more comprehensive course of training.
An introduction or refresher to tools that will be useful for further courses. Typically software training before a data analysis course.
Main courses run for one-week at Winter School, and for one-week or two-weeks at Summer School, and cover the following categories:
- Research design/fundamentals Courses enabling you to think about your research more broadly, so you can make more informed choices about specific methods/techniques.
- Data collection/generation Hands-on courses focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data collection or generation.
- Data analysis (foundation) Hands-on courses focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data analysis, bringing you to a foundation level.
- Data analysis (introductory) Hands-on courses focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data analysis, bringing you to a level of well-informed use.
- Data analysis (intermediate) and (advanced) Hands-on courses focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data analysis, bringing you to an expert level, including more recent refinements.
The School comprises an intensive programme of seminars and lab sessions which require a strong commitment. The teaching language is English, in which all participants must be fluent.
Morning sessions combine theoretical lectures and discussions on cutting-edge developments in a particular method.
In the afternoons, you apply these methodological points to your own research project, through short student presentations and small-group work.
Seasoned Scholar Workshops
For experienced scholars with significant research experience beyond their PhD.
While courses are specific to an event, the more popular types are offered at both schools. Courses can be taken on a standalone basis or in a training track sequence.
You can earn up to 4 ECTS Credits for a one-week Winter School course, and up to 8 Credits for a two-week Summer School course.