The Department believes that all PhD students should have a degree of methodological literacy, regardless of their area of interest. It provides a half course devoted to statistical methods, as well as courses on research design, quantitative methods, and qualitative methods.
Beginning in the 2009 -10 academic year, students must complete the following requirements in methodological training:
- one half course (0.5 FCE) in Qualitative Methods (POL2505H, POL 2028H or approved alternative) AND
- one half course (0.5 FCE) in Quantitative Methods OR
- one half course (0.5 FCE) in Theory Intensive Reading (“TIRC” as indicated on the timetable) for students whose Field 1 is Political Theory.