Empirical Research Methodology and Measurement


The goal of this course is to strengthen and deepen the understanding of the core methodological issues and choices in empirical research. The contents of this course comprise all phases of an empirical study, from the specification of its aim against the background of an evaluation of previous research, through case selection and measurement decisions, to the production of the study’s results, their interpretation and their reporting.


In this course you will 

(a) Read literature on methodological debates and discuss its contents in class.

(b) Practice your understanding of this literature by means of assignments.

For each of the ten plenary sessions, there will be readings and an assignment. You will receive feedback on each assignment. Submission of assignments (before the stated deadline) and attendance at the sessions are mandatory.


The course will be concluded with a final assignment for grading, which consists of a critical evaluation of a published research paper. Your course grade will be based on this final assignment and your class participation.


All mandatory readings (including chapters from the Dul & Hak and Cumming books) will be made available in digital form (PDF) on Canvas.

Additional info

The timetable for this course can be found here.

ERIM PhD candidates can register for this course via Osiris Student.

External (non-ERIM) participants are welcome to this course. To register, please fill in the registration form and e-mail it to the ERIM Doctoral Office by four weeks prior to the start of the course. For external participants, the course fee is 260 euro (1 ECTS).

Please note that the number of places for this course is limited. In case the number of registrations exceeds the number of available seats, priority is given to ERIM PhD candidates.