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Advanced methodology course: Nuts and Bolts of Mixed Methods Research

global studies / International Development Studies / International Public Administration and Politics / Politics and Administration / Public Administration
master course
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Detailed description of content

Mixed methods has become increasingly popular both in the social sciences and among practitioners. This course offers students an opportunity to add value to the quality of their research designs and analyses and to their ability to work with multiple methods in a reflexive and versatile manner. Many societal challenges are best studied by combining methods and by relying on diverse data-sources. This is the raison d'être of mixing methods. Studies of key societal problems associated with issues such as crime, poverty, health, climate change often benefit from integrating quantitative and qualitative data and analyses. Crime statistics in isolation, for instance, do not bring us much closer to devising solutions to the problem. By the same token interviews with victims and perpetrators of crime are less valuable if not backed by crime statistics.

The key aim of the course is to increase the breadth and depth of understanding of mixing methods by offsetting the weaknesses inherent to using each approach by itself. This is no easy task. Combining different types of data and analytical approaches places demands on the researcher’s ability to overcome problems of compatibility and potential incommensurability. The course equips participant with methodological tools to harvest the benefits of mixing methods and disciplines. In the course, we will cover core concepts in mixed method research such as triangulation, sequencing and pacing, nested approach, sampling, qualitative-led integration, quantitative-led integration and theory-building.


  • Knowledge of different mixed methods research designs including the conditions under which they are preferable to single method designs in addressing an academic and/or practical problem
  • Applied knowledge of key tools and concepts for mixed methods research
  • In-depth knowledge of the main caveats as well as advantages of mixing methods and disciplines in academic research


  • Skills in identifying, justifying and criticizing different methodological approaches to mixing methods
  • Skills to carry out state-of-the art mixed methods research designs in addressing academic and/or practice-oriented issues including both qualitatively- and quantitatively-driven designs
  • Skills to evaluate and select mixed methods in research and professional practice


  • Competency to independently plan and carry out complex mixed methods designs within specific time frames
  • Competency to co-operate with colleagues in applying mixed methods to relevant issues in research and professional contexts
  • Competency to reflect on the weaknesses and strengths of the chosen methodological research design
Expected work effort (ects-declaration)

5 ECTS => 135 hours of expected working effort: Classes: 5*4 hours = 20 hours Readings & preparations for class: 60 hours Exercises & presentations: 20 hours Exam assignment: 35 hours

Course material and reading list

Creamer, E. G. (2017). An introduction to fully integrated mixed methods research. Sage Publications.

Morse, J. M. & Niehaus, L. (2009): Mixed Method Design: Principles and Procedures. Routledge. Available online via RuB: https://www-taylorfrancis-com.ep.fjernadgang.kb.dk/books/9781315424521

A full curriculum including journal articles will be available when the course commences.

Evaluation- and feedback forms

There will be an opportunity to get oral feedback on the exercises and discussions in class.

Participants can expect to have collective feedback on the written exams (as a whole), as well as the opportunity for oral feedback in person for the individual written exams.

Administration of exams
ISE Studyadministration (ise-studyadministration@ruc.dk)
The responsible course lecturer
Jesper Dahl Kelstrup (kelstrup@ruc.dk)
Olivier Rubin (rubin@ruc.dk)
Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

Knowledge and understanding:

Knowledge and understanding of academic and/or scientifically based practice-oriented methods and their application and relevance on an advanced level

Being able to communicate and discuss academic and/or scientifically based practice-oriented studies in a type of language that is correct, clear, professionally accurate, well-structured and well-argued

  • Skills:

    Carrying out studies and analyses with the aid of academic and/or scientifically based practice-oriented methods

  • Evaluating and selecting methods from research-related and professional practices

  • Competences:

    Co-operation with colleagues in the application of various academic and/or scientifically based practice-oriented methods and forms of analysis in relation to relevant issues in research-related and professional contexts

  • Reflection on one’s own learning and taking responsibility for one’s own professional development

Overall content
  • Research and professional premises for academic and scientifically based practice-oriented analyses

  • Approaches to the use of academic and/or scientifically based practice-oriented tools in research and professional contexts, respectively

Prerequisites for participation
Currently no data from curriculum.
Prerequisites for participation in the exam
Currently no data from curriculum.
Teaching and working methods

Lectures, exercises, student presentations, peer feedback and discussions. The course requires that the students contribute and participate actively.

Type of activity

Elective course

Form of examination
Individual written take-home assignment given by the lecturer.

The character limit of the assignment is: maximum 24,000 characters, including spaces.
The character limit includes the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

The duration of the take-home assignment is 14 days and may include weekends and public holidays.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen
Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U41136
Last changed 28/09/2020

lecture list:

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Tuesday 09-02-2021 09:15 - 09-02-2021 12:00 in week 06
The Nuts and Bolts of Mixed Methods Research (GS, IDS, IPAP, PF, POL)

Tuesday 16-02-2021 09:15 - 16-02-2021 12:00 in week 07
The Nuts and Bolts of Mixed Methods Research (GS, IDS, IPAP, PF, POL)

Tuesday 23-02-2021 09:15 - 23-02-2021 12:00 in week 08
The Nuts and Bolts of Mixed Methods Research (GS, IDS, IPAP, PF, POL)

Tuesday 02-03-2021 09:15 - 02-03-2021 12:00 in week 09
The Nuts and Bolts of Mixed Methods Research (GS, IDS, IPAP, PF, POL)

Tuesday 09-03-2021 09:15 - 09-03-2021 12:00 in week 10
The Nuts and Bolts of Mixed Methods Research (GS, IDS, IPAP, PF, POL)

Friday 12-03-2021 10:00 - Friday 26-03-2021 10:00 in week 10 to week 12
The Nuts and Bolts of Mixed Methods Research - Exam (GS, IDS, IPAP, PF, POL)

Monday 16-08-2021 10:00 - Monday 30-08-2021 10:00 in week 33 to week 35
The Nuts and Bolts of Mixed Methods Research - Reexam (GS, IDS, IPAP, PF, POL)