Course Offerings

The Methods School offers intensive training with outstanding international faculty in advanced social science research methods. Participants can choose from the following courses:

One-week courses (17.5 hours): Two-week courses (35 hours):
July 1-5, 2019

9:00 am-12:30 pm:
1:00-4:30 pm:
  July 8-12, 2019

9:00 am-12:30 pm:
1:00-4:30 pm:
July 1-12, 2019

9:00 am-12:30 pm:
1:00-4:30 pm:

All courses meet five days a week, Monday through Friday, either in the morning, 9:00 am-12:30 pm, or afternoon, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm. The Methods School also reserves seminar rooms (pictures) all day, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, for study group sessions, homework assignments, and hands-on exercises.

Due to the rigor of the coursework, we recommend that participants do not combine morning and afternoon courses, and the discount for taking a second one-week course does not apply when morning and afternoon courses from the same week are combined.

English is the language of instruction for all Methods School courses.

All participants receive an ungraded certificate of attendance on the last day of the Methods School.


The Methods School courses are not automatically examined. However, participants can sit an exam on Saturday, July 13, 2019, for a fee of S$100 (excl. 7% GST). The exam is set and graded by the Methods School instructors.

Participants who successfully complete their course and pass the exam receive a graded Methods School certificate.

Please note that the certificates are issued by the IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods and not the National University of Singapore. You should inquire at your home university to determine if you can take Methods School courses – as a stand-alone module or as part of an independent/supervised study project – for credit towards your degree.

Choosing a Course

Read the course outlines and detailed descriptions carefully before choosing a Methods School course. For successful learning, you should have the background knowledge necessary to follow the course of your choice. Therefore, base your selection upon both your research goals and your previous training.

If you are uncertain about whether a course is appropriate for your needs or given your background, contact the Methods School team. We will help you select the course that best meets your personal and professional needs. In addition, the Methods School instructors will provide short presentations on their respective courses during the introductory meeting on Sunday, June 30, 2019. While we do not encourage last-minute switching of courses, you have the opportunity to change your course until the second day of the Methods School as long as the other courses are not fully booked.

If you are interested in shorter, 2-3 day methods courses in Singapore, you may want to look into the training options provided by the NUS Centre for Family and Population Research.


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