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Course Overview

This course is a practical introduction to quantitative research methods in political science.  It examines the logic of quantitative social research, including issues of sampling, measure­ment, and statistical in­ference.  Students will use the SPSS for Windows statistical software package and become familiar with a number of different data sets.  Students will develop an understanding of a range of statistical techniques for the manipulation and analysis of political science and interna­tional re­lations data, including multivariate techniques typically used for analysing such data. 


Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No

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Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PI5513 Quantitative Research Methods (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

To understand political institutions, attitudes, behaviours and policy outcomes requires the application of concepts and theories to factual information about the political world. This course is an introduction to that endeavour and takes the student from the process of data collection, to measurement issues, and finally to analysis and the interpretation of results. It presents a range of quantitative methods and is designed as a practical introduction to research methods in politics and international relations.

Further Information & Notes

For students studying an MRes in Political Studies

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Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

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Summative Assessments

100% in-course assessment (weekly problem sets, 40%; replication project, 60%).

Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes


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