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Applied Methodology - Methods Thesis

7.5 credits

Course period: May 2 - June 7, 2017

The aim of the course is to provide a deepened understanding of a particular research method of the students’ own choosing. The method could be either qualitative or quantitative, and could concern any of the primary stages of the research process. 

The student should conduct a small empirical investigation designed to evaluate the usefulness of a research method or a set of alternative methods. The research method itself should thus be the focus of inquiry, not the substantive social scientific issue investigated. The method must be employed in practice to investigate a real empirical phenomenon, although of a very limited scope.

The course is primarily meant for students accepted to a PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University who have attended the Faculty PhD Course in either Quantitative or Qualitative Methods. Depending on the availability of seats, the course is also open for other PhD students with demonstrably good knowledge in either quantitative or qualitative methods.

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Application instructions Spring courses

In order to apply for the Faculty PhD courses, please complete this form.

Please discuss these courses with your supervisor before completing the form.

The last day to apply for courses beginning in Spring 2017 is one week before the courses start, though a place will not be guarenteed.


If the number of applicants exceeds available places, applicants are prioritised as follows:

  1. Doctoral students from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University
  2. Doctoral students from other faculties at Lund University
  3. External doctoral students

Please note: Applicants from other faculties at LU and universities are required to pay a fee. The only exception is the course on Research Ethics, which is free for students from the School of Economics. The current fee is 8500 SEK for each PhD course offered by the Faculty, and you will be asked to provide a reference number for billing purposes.

What happens next?

An email will be sent out to those who signed up and are eligible for the course around 6 weeks before the course begins, asking you to confirm your participation. A welcome letter including schedule, reading list, syllabus as well as any other information or tasks that the teacher wishes to include will then be sent to students accepted to the course around one month before the course begins. Please inform the course administrator as soon as possible if you are no longer planning on taking the course as there might be other students on the reserve list.