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Quantitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences

  • Number of credits 7.5 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2024

About the course

The course consists of two parts: Scientific method and analysis of data (Part 1) and Independent work (Part 2).

Part 1: Scientific method and analysis of data
The role that probability theory and statistical philosophy plays within scientific method is discussed with the aim of noting their role in various research strategies. The focus is to provide an understanding of statistical reasoning within data analysis and research. The measurement level’s importance for different statistical analyses is emphasized and the normal distribution’s relevance for statistical analyses is discussed. Analysis methods discussed are: comparison of two or more groups, relationships between variables and model based analysis (different types of regression analysis, e.g., linear, logistics, and Cox regression).

Part 2: Independent work
The students work on a project in which they will independently analyze data. The work is usually performed in pairs. Tutoring is offered. The project is orally presented and discussed on a seminar and with a written final report. The students should also review, evaluate, and discuss other students’ projects.

Application and eligibility

Quantitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences, 7.5 credits


1 November 2024


19 January 2025

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

University: Courses of the amount of 90 credits in social sciences. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6

Entry requirements


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Application deadline was 15 April 2024. Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Submit a late application at Universityadmissions.se.

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 13,700

Total fee

SEK 13,700

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Contactpersons for the course are:
Study advisor, Department of Statistics, Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics