Semester Course: 3rd 
Credits: 6 ECTS
Prerequisites: none
Lecturer: Carlos Santos, Miguel Sottomayor and Américo M. S. Carvalho Mendes

  1. Objectives:
    • To train students with the methodology of scientific research and with some basic quantitative and qualitative research methods.
    • To support students in the design of their dissertation project.
  2. Programme topics:
    1. Introduction to epistemology
    2. The methods of scientific research
    3. How to write a dissertation
    4. Some quantitative research methods. - linear regression models - time series models - discrete choice models
    5. Some qualitative research methods: - case studies - participant observation - in-depth interviews - focus groups - Delphi methods - discourse analysis
  3. Assessment:
    Course requirements include: two mid terms, one quantitative methods and the other on qualitative methods (40% + 40%) and a dissertation project (20%)