Research Methods and Design in EU Politics

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Waltraud Schelkle COW 1.06


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 and 3 hours of workshops in the MT. 4 hours of lectures and 3 hours of workshops in the LT.

A total of 4 hours of lectures in both MT and LT. Two 1.5 hour workshops in Reading week 6 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 2017/18: 46

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving