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Research Methodology: From research question to research proposal

  • 28 February - 18 March 2022
  • Hybrid or online
  • Methodology
  • 4.0 ECTS

“The project proposal appeared so clear but now I do not know where to start.”
“I do not know what my research could add to clarify this issue. It is so obvious what the outcome is going to be.”
“Really, everything in my project is so important and interesting. I guess I need some help to learn how to focus.”

Do you recognize any of the above concerns? Then this course is for you! Also, when you have little idea about what aspects of methodology could be important to your project, then this course is of interest for you too!

Aim of this course:

The aim of this course is to offer insight into the process of (getting started with) research and the methodological pitfalls you may encounter between formulating a research problem and writing a scientific paper. This course addresses research design and methodological issues for quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods strategies.

In this course we go through the steps from turning a socially relevant interest into a scientifically sound research problem, writing a research proposal and composing a research report. Assignments require you to work on your own project. By the end of this course you will have developed a (skeleton) research or a paper proposal, depending on your entrance level and the complexity of the PhD proposal.

Former occurrences of this course

14 Sept – 16 Nov 2020   |   10 March – 4 May 2020   |   23 Sept – 18 Nov 2019   |   12 March – 7 May 2019   |   17 Sept – 19 Nov 2018   |   13 March – 8 May 2018   |   18 Sept, 2, 16, 30 Oct, 13 Nov 2017   |   23 March – 18 May 2017   |   27 Sept – 28 Nov 2016   |   17 March – 19 May 2016   |   3 March – 28 April 2015   |   21 Oct – 16 Dec 2014   |   18 March – 13 May 2014   |   8 Jan – 5 March 2013   |   25 Oct – 20 Dec 2011   |   23 Febr – 20 Apr 2011   |   26 Oct – 14 Dec 2010