CEERES Methodologies Summer School CEES5073

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This Summer School provides methods training for postgraduate students working in the field of Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. The classes and workshops are specifically designed to assist with dissertation research. Specialists with methodological expertise from the region will lead practical and theoretical sessions, exploring research design and appropriate utilisation of key research methods.


This is a week-long course (Monday to Friday) with sessions running from 10am - 4pm each day. Factoring in lunch breaks, this equates to five hours per day.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



Students will form peer groups which will be used to assess various outputs. These will include qualitative data analysis, outline-drafts of research plans, and reflective feedback on the execution of specific research methods. Teachers will provide consistent feedback to the students during workshops and seminars.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will allow postgraduate students the chance to practice research methods and gain insight into conducting research in the region of central and east Europe, Russia and Eurasia. The course will complement existing research training offered on the IntM, MRes and MSc programmes, but will be accessible to external students with relevant research interests.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


Design methodologically sound research plans.

Identify appropriate research methods for different research projects.

Conduct research using a variety of research methods.

Critically analyse qualitative data from a number of different sources.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.