Research Design (MPhil, MSc)

Course Provider:  Colin Mills


To introduce students to a wide range of research strategies, and the basic principles in designing social research.

This course will explore the relationship between the nature of the sociological question being asked and the type of research design needed to answer the particular question. Research designs covered include:

  • the logic of experiments;
  • cross-sectional designs;
  • panel designs;
  • comparative designs

By the end of this course, students should:
• appreciate the strength and limits of different research strategies,
• understand how technical research design considerations should be linked to substantive sociological concerns.

Eight lectures in Hilary Term led by Prof Colin Mills.

Students will be required to submit one essay of up to 2,500 words evaluating a published piece of research

  • King, G., R. Keohane and S. Verba (1994) Designing Social Inquiry, Princeton University Press.