Foundations of Social Research 2

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Alasdair Jones, Dr Daniele Fanelli and Dr Indraneel Sircar

MY400: Dr Alasdair Jones

MY421: Dr Aliya Rao (MT) and Dr Chana Teeger (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

See separate course outlines.


Project (33%, 3000 words), research design (20%) and take-home assessment (26%) in the ST.
Class participation (4%) and research proposal (10%) in the MT.
Continuous assessment (7%) in the MT and LT.

Students registered on MY4M2 will be assessed as follows:

MY400: research proposal (1500 words due in MT, 10%), research design (4000 words due in ST, 20%), seminar participation (ongoing in MT, 4%)

MY421: project (3000 words due in ST, 33%)

MY452: take-home assessment (due in ST, 26%), continuous assessment (ongoing in MT or LT, 7%)

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2019/20: 7

Average class size 2019/20: 1

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: One Unit

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