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Postgraduate course

Quantitative Methods

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The aim of this course is to provide the students with solid skills in the most important techniques and recent developments within quantitative methods in political science/public administration. The course will enable students to carry out empirical research on their own and make sound choices of research methods when writing their MA-thesis. As a preparation for conducting their own literature reviews the course will train students in understanding and assessing critically different methods used in other research contributions. The students will be offered an advanced overview of different methods that are useful in the study of organizations and public administration: Experimental methods, various forms of statistical analyses such as linear regression, logistic regression, and multilevel analysis. In addition, the course provides an introduction to quantitative text analysis and network analysis. The course will be based on the statistical package

Stata. Finally, an aim is to illustrate how methodological choices are related to different traditions in the philosophy of sciences.

The course consists of the following components:

  1. Philosophy of Science and Basic Conceptual Analysis
  2. Experimental methods
  3. Ordinary linear regression
  4. Logistic regression
  5. Inferential statistics and significance testing
  6. Quantitative text analysis
  7. Network analysis

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student can

  • Give an account of the most important recent developments in quantitative methods within political science/public administration
  • Explain the logic of different experimental methods and the differences between them
  • Explain different statistical methods


The student can

  • Employ different methods to analyze a research question
  • Argue for the choice of method
  • Argue for the choice of statistical technique
  • Use Stata in preparing and analyzing data

General competence

The student can

  • Make well-grounded choices of methodological approach
  • Argue for the strengths and weaknesses of a given methodological approach
  • Assess critically the validity of the results from an empirical investigation

Recommended Previous Knowledge

AORG101, AORG104, AORG103 / AORG105 / AORG107 / AORG109, AORG209 / AORG210

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

  • AORG321A (10 ECTS)
  • AORG321B (10 ECTS)
  • AORG319 (10 ECTS)
  • AORG321 (10 ECTS)

Access to the Course

The course is open for students who have been accepted to the Master's programme in public administration or Master's programme in Administration and Organisation Theory . Exchange students may be accepted upon application.

Teaching and learning methods

The format of teaching is primarily class lectures (6-7). In addition, 3-4 seminars will be given where students are required to participate in practical exercises in using statistical software to prepare and analyze datasets.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in practical exercises organized through seminars is compulsory. A minimum of 75% attendance at the seminar is required.

The assignments in the seminars must be completed in order to take the exam. Approved compulsory assignments are valid in the current and following two semesters.

Forms of Assessment

An five-hour school exam.

Grading Scale

Graded A-F

Assessment Semester

Assessment in teaching semester. Students who have a valid document of absence or fails the exam may take a new exam in the following semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be ready before 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Administrator

Department of Government at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written Exam

    24.02.2023, 09:00
    5 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam