Foundations of Social Research 2

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Daniele Fanelli

MY400: Dr Alasdair Jones

MY421: Dr Chana Teeger (MT) and Dr Kate Summers (LT)

MY452: Dr Daniele Fanelli (MT) and Dr Indraneel Sircar (LT)


This course is available on the MSc in European Studies (Research), MSc in International Political Economy (Research) and MSc in International Relations (Research). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This programme is designed to give students a good introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods and to acquaint them with the strengths and limits of different methodologies. The course has three main components:

  1. MY452 Applied Regression Analysis. This course is intended for students with some previous experience of quantitative methods or statistic, as described in the prerequisites for MY452. Students who have not previously studied quantitative methods or statistics should take MY4M1. The course can be taken either in MT (as MY452M) or in LT (as MY452L).
  2. MY400 Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design
  3. MY421 Qualitative Research Methods (either MY421M in Michaelmas Term or MY421L in Lent Term).


See separate course outlines.

Formative coursework

See separate course outlines.

Indicative reading

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Exam (33%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Project (33%, 3000 words) and research design (20%) in the ST.
Class participation (4%) and research proposal (10%) in the MT.

Students registered on this course will submit a research proposal and research design covering MY400 (1500 words in MT, 4000 due in ST) and be assessed on MY400 class participation, project covering MY421 (3000 words) due in ST, and will take the exam paper MY4M2a (based on the MY452 syllabus) in ST.

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2018/19: 11

Average class size 2018/19: 2

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: One Unit

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