About the Methods School

The National University of Singapore's Department of Political Science is proud to announce the 9th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods, July 6-17, 2020. The Methods School is organized in cooperation with the International Political Science Association. IPSA's mission is to promote empirical research in political science and related disciplines around the world, and the IPSA-NUS Methods School forms the Asian-Pacific hub in a global network of methods programs, with other summer schools hosted at Flacso México, the University of São Paulo, the Antalya Bilim University, and the National Research University Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg.

The IPSA-NUS Methods School offers rigorous training with outstanding and highly experienced international faculty in a wide range of social science research methods. Students, post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, civil servants, professionals, and everyone with an interest in research methods can choose from a wide variety of quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods courses and benefit from intensive, hands-on coursework over a two-week period.

In addition to the regular class meetings, lab sessions, and exercises, the Methods School organizes the IPSA-NUS International Speakers Series and offers various info sessions on such topics as academic writing and publishing. It creates a unique and supportive social environment that facilitates networking and encourages the exchange of ideas about the theory and practice of social science research.

As the Methods School is a non-profit venture, course fees have been priced accordingly and represent excellent value when compared to similar events in the U.S. and Europe (compare!) while offering the same quality of instruction.

If you have questions or require any additional information, please contact the IPSA-NUS Methods School team. For up-to-the-minute information about the latest Methods School activities, you can also like the Methods School Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

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The 1st Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods took place in Singapore in June and July 2012 (pictures). The first program of its kind in Asia, the IPSA-NUS Methods School offered participants with a wide variety of backgrounds and from all over the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East the choice between four courses: Case Study Analysis, Experimental Methods, Mixed Methods, and Regression Analysis.

Poster from the first Methods School in 2012:

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The success of the first Methods School laid the foundation for the 2nd Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods in July and August 2013 (pictures). With seven two-week and two one-week courses and 100 participants from all continents, the second Methods School was much bigger than the year before.

Poster from the second Methods School in 2013:

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The 3rd Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods was held in June and July 2014 (pictures). Its nine courses in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods attracted more than 100 participants from over 30 different countries. The Methods School took a decisive step towards establishing itself as the leading training program for social science research methods in the Asia-Pacific.

Poster from the third Methods School in 2014:

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The 4th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods in June 2015 (pictures) was attended by 150 participants. After only four years, the Methods School had arguably emerged as the leading regional methods program in the Asia-Pacific.

Poster from the fourth Methods School in 2015:

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The 5th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods took place in July 2016 (pictures). In its fifth year, the Methods School grew in terms of number of participants, courses, and instructors as 200 graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty members from all of the social sciences and several adjacent disciplines as well as civil servants, and professionals from NGOs and such industries as consulting, education, health care, and transportation attended 14 one- and two week courses.

Poster from the fifth Methods School in 2016:

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The 6th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods in June 2017 (pictures) was the largest Methods School to date. More than 200 participants from all corners of the globe traveled to Singapore to attend one or more of 19 quantitative, qualitative, mixed, and formal methods courses. This record attendance further strengthened the Methods School's extensive international alumni network, and it laid the foundation for its continuing successful in the following years.

Poster from the sixth Methods School in 2017:

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The 7th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods took place in June and July 2018 (pictures) . In addition to offering the traditional morning courses, the Methods School also introduced a number of new afternoon courses that made it possible for participants to take up to four courses over a two-week period.

Poster from the seventh Methods School in 2018:

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Having established itself as a permanent, first-tier fixture on the international methods training calendar in previous years, the 8th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods in July 2019 (pictures) futher grew the Methods School's international alumni network to now over 1,000 scholars and professionals. Brining together participants from all over the Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Americas, and Europe, the Methods School contined to provide excellent opportunities for social and intellectual exchange that go well beyond two weeks of intensive methods training.

Poster from the seventh Methods School in 2019:

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