Advanced and Spec Res Methods and Techn

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vaknaam Advanced and Spec Res Methods and Techn
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Advanced and Specialized Research Methods and Techniques in the Social, Economic and Spatial Sciences
Leerdoelen The relevant Intended Learning Outcomes to be assessed are:

1C. The ability to translate knowledge of contemporary interdisciplinary issues and theoretical models, concepts and frameworks into the development of appropriate research questions and research designs.
1D. Expertise and experience in the formulation and implementation of a research project, i.e. a clearly formulated research problem that is original, while building on the state of the art research in the field and related academic disciplines, and firmly supported by the relevant literature in the field.
1F. A helicopter view of suitable and feasible research designs and methods of data collection in different types of research, such as field, survey and/or experimental research, as well as expertise and experience in the adequacy, applicability and factual application of such research designs and methods of data collection.
1G. The ability to choose and apply appropriate research methodology, methods and techniques, and to critically evaluate the resulting research outcomes.
1H. Expertise and experience in the integration of theory and multi-method empirical research (‘theory-guided empirical research’); data-guided and theory-guided theory building; experience in the entire process of research, including reporting on the research results.
2C. The ability to develop new, creative and well-argued perspectives on existing theoretical, methodological and societal debates in the field of geography, planning and/or demography.
2D. The ability to write scientifically.
Omschrijving This course consists of modules worth a total of 15 ECTS focus on advanced and specialized research methods and techniques, which are relevant for research in human geography, demography, and spatial planning. Students can choose 15 EC from a list of courses that range from fieldwork to advanced statistical analysis. It is complemented with the obligatory final 5EC course 'Advanced Research Skills' to make up 20 EC of methodological training.

The 15 EC eligible methodological modules provided within the Faculty of Spatial Sciences are presented in a list (see the program at: and see the heading: ‘Optional methodological courses (GERMMETH) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences’) The general rule for choosing the 15 EC of courses is that the student assures that he or she receives a broad methodological training, involving a wide range of methods. Students need to check with the ReMa coordinator for approval of the overall list. Students may also follow modules outside the Faculty; also after approval by the coordinator. In earlier years, students have for instance followed modules on multi-level analysis and intervention research at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences; on Spatial Econometrics in the Faculty of Economics and Management; and Designing Longitudinal Surveys at the Leibniz Institute in Köln (Germany).

For students following one of the Research Master specialisations (Economic Geography, Population Studies, etc) most of the courses are predetermined, but limited choice options are still available. Please check the ReMa specialisation document (, and contact the coordinators (of both the specialization master and the ReMa) for approval.

Beyond the regular course content of the 15EC method courses, Research Master students make an ‘Anthology of Methodological Strengths’.
This anthology is created through the combination of extra assignments during the individual method courses. During every regular method course students describe the potential strength of applying (one of) the core method(s) taught in the respective regular method courses. Students in this 1200 words assignment have to specify an observational or analytical method that can be used in order to strengthen the argument of a book read in the SRDR-course. There is a focus on strengths, since we train students to become multi-method researchers and combinations of strengths mainly build multi-method approaches.
These extra assignments in the regular method courses are assessed by the lecturers of the regular courses, following a Research Master-delivered rubric. The rubric also contains written feedback per graded aspect. The assignment is graded with pass or fail. The (regular) grade for the course is conditional on receiving a pass for the extra assignment.
Uren per week variabel
Toetsvorm Individual assignments
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. F.J. Sijtsma
Docent(en) dr. F.J. Sijtsma
Opmerkingen Not open for students from other faculties.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Basic programme year 1 Spatial Sciences) 1 semester I a verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Erasmus Mundus Islands and Sustainability track year 1 ) 1 semester I a verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Basic programme year 2 Spatial Sciences ) 2 semester I a verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Erasmus Mundus Islands and Sustainability track year 2) 2 semester I a verplicht