EURO479-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Navigating Research: Research Training and Methods

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


A course in research training and methods for European Union Studies.


Subject to approval of the NCRE Director.


Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 Rehua 530 17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Course Coordinator

Serena Kelly


This course provides post-graduate students of different levels with strategies to develop a knowledge base and basic skills in research. This is a highly interactive course which introduces the basics of research practices on a post-graduate level, thus, could be deemed useful and interesting for the students of various disciplines. All post-graduate students who major in European and EU Studies -- EURO BA Honours, MEURO, MA (thesis) and PhDs -- are asked to complete this “Research Training” course.

The course in Research Training and Methods has as its primary goal to increase and improve the students’ level of research skills, resulting in more research competent students and a higher level of a quality research output. Course content focuses on the basic building blocks of any research project – research question and hypothesis formulation; formulation of novelty, importance and relevancy of research; the place and role of theoretical models; philosophical positioning of a research inquiry; concerns around validity and reliability; and ethics matters in social science research. Students will have an opportunity to practice writing literature reviews; conduct and discuss their recorded interviews; present at the post-graduate mini conference; and establish the practice and culture of regular consultations with their research supervisors.  Students will have an opportunity to learn about diverse methods in data collection, analysis and interpretation, such as interviewing, surveying, content analysis, case study, archival method, direct and indirect observations, etc., and about qualitative and quantitative approaches.  Students will have the opportunity to develop skills suitable for refereed publications and academic presentations.

This course provides skills on a non-discriminatory interdisciplinary basis allowing students to participate in their Honours, Masters and PhDs degrees equally. Students will acquire skills in developing a research approach, understanding and using a theory-informed approach and diverse methods for strengthening research findings and supporting methodological choices.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $995.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see National Centre for Research on Europe .

All EURO479 Occurrences

  • EURO479-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023
  • EURO479-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)