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Summer School in Methods and Techniques, 27 July-12 August 2017, Central European University, Hungary

Publish Date: May 17, 2017

Deadline: Jun 01, 2017

2017 Summer School in Methods and Techniques, CEU, Budapest

In its 12th year, the ECPR’s Summer School in Methods and Techniques will be returning to Central European University’s Department of Political Science in Budapest.  The School continues to offer up-to-date methods training, across a mixture of three day refresher and one and two week courses, over a two and a half week period, all delivered by expert Instructors and supported by dedicated Teaching Assistants.

The Summer School forms part of the ECPR's Methods School, which aims to deliver a holistic methods training package across two schools, each offering cutting-edge courses in the full span of qualitative and quantitative topics. While the academic content of the School is designed to provide scholars with the methodological skill set vital to a research career, an exciting plenary programme provides many opportunities to establish all-important networks. The course content of the Summer School is designed to complement that of its sister event, the ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques, which took place 3-10 March 2017, at the University of Bamberg’s Graduate School of Social Sciences.

Central European University offers a fantastic mix of beautiful buildings, plenty of space for networking, great facilities and an unbeatable city-centre location. We look forward to bringing the Summer School to CEU for the second time.


The Summer School offers five complementary course types, which add up to a full and comprehensive tuition package (a 'Preparatory' short course is available at the Winter School only).

Our programme starts with Short Three-day Intensive Refresher courses on 27, 28 and 29 July, followed by a choice of five different categories of Main course, each lasting five or 10 days, which run 31 July – 11 August.

Choose from the following course combinations:

  • Short Three-day Intensive Refresher course
  • First Week or Second Week course
  • First Week and Second Week course 
  • Two-week course
  • Refresher course and First Week course
  • Refresher course and Second Week course
  • Refresher course and Two-week course
  • Seasoned Scholar workshop – Three-day standalone course

Short Intensive Refresher Courses

Refresher courses run over three days, for five hours a day (10:00–12:00 and 14:00–17:00), starting on Thursday 27 July. They offer tools useful for further courses; typically software training before a data analysis course.

Seasoned Scholar Workshops

For 2017, we've introduced two exciting new workshops designed for experienced scholars with significant research experience beyond their PhD.

Main courses

Five categories, listed below. You can take one-week courses (15 hours over five days) or two-week courses (30 hours over 10 days) on their own or combine them with a Short Intensive Refresher course or Seasoned Scholar Workshop.

Research design/fundamentals An ‘upstream’ course enabling you to think about your research more broadly, so you can make informed choices about specific methods/techniques.

Data collection/generation A hands-on course focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data collection or generation.

Data analysis (introductory) A hands-on course focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data analysis, bringing you to a level of well-informed use.

Data analysis (intermediate) A hands-on course focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data analysis, bringing you to an intermediate level, including recent refinements.

Data analysis (advanced) A hands-on course focused on a specific method (or family of methods) for data analysis, bringing you to an expert level, including recent refinements.

First Week courses run Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August. Second Week courses run Monday 7 August – Friday 11 August. These courses involve three hours of class instruction per day, and you are expected to spend some time each day studying on your own.

Two-week courses run Monday 31 July – Friday 11 August. They also involve three hours of class instruction per day, with additional self-study.  Generally, classes are either in the morning, finishing around 12:30, or in the afternoon, finishing around 17:30.  To gain ECTS, some instructors of the two-week courses set an exam on the morning of Saturday 12 August.

Course Fees

Below are the course fees for the 2017 Summer School. ECPR members can save up to €284* and non-members €50. See further details below regarding the Early Bird and Loyalty discounts.

Participants can register for either a Short 3-day Intensive Refresher course, a one-week or two-week Main course, two one-week Main courses or a package. Please note it is not possible to take more than one Short 3-day Intensive Refresher courses or two one-week courses that run in the same week as in addition to classes you will be given assignments, projects and/or readings to complete outside of the classroom.


Registration opens 22 March and closes midnight 1 June. Once you have registered you are unable to make changes. To make a change to your registration contact methodsschool@ecpr.eu. Changes to your registration will incur a €25 admin fee. When you register you will be sent a registration confirmation email to the email address in your MyECPR profile.

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