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Doctoral course

Introduction to Quantitative Methods, 7.5 credits

The course is aimed both at doctoral students who have little prior knowledge of quantitative methods as well as at those who wish to gain a better in-depth understanding of the underlying assumptions of commonly used methods and fundamental principles guiding the use of quantitative methods. The course will focus on key concepts and fundamental principles, rather than specific technical details of statistical analysis.

Course information

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Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus


The primary purpose is for participants to gain an understanding of different types of quantitative methods to be able to identify challenges, strengths and weaknesses. Particular focus is placed on evaluating and critically discussing quantitative research methods at a methodological level, with regard to validity aspects, conclusions regarding causal associations and statistical hypothesis and testing.

During the course, doctoral students will apply their skills to evaluate research on published articles. In addition to self-studies, the focus is on discussing and problematizing interpretations and conclusions drawn from quantitative research in seminar form.


No course date has been set, but is preliminary planned for autumn 2025. The course was last given spring term 2024. If you have any questions please contact

The course will be offered if at least 3 participants are admitted to the course.
Language of instruction: English

Admission requirements and selection

To gain access to the course and complete the examinations included in the course, the applicant must be admitted to a doctoral programme at Örebro University. Priority will be given to applicants from disciplines within the HS faculty.