Research Methods and Design in EU Politics

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Mareike Kleine COW 1.01


This course is compulsory on the MSc in EU Politics and MSc in EU Politics (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with general academic skills, to prepare them for the development of a research design and to introduce a range of research methods.


4 hours of lectures in the MT. 4 hours of lectures in the LT.

The course runs in weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7 of MT and LT.

Indicative reading

Hancké, Bob. 2009. Intelligent Research Design. Oxford: Oxford University Press; King, Gary et al 1994. Designing Social Inquiry. Princeton: Princeton University Press; Geddes, Barbara. 1990. How the Cases You Choose Affect the Answers You Get: Selection Bias in Comparative Politics. Political Analysis 2: 131-150.


This course is not assessed.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2014/15: 62

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Non-assessed

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving