If you are searching for a research position, or a job where evaluating research is an important part of your work, you will greatly improve your opportunities and understanding by taking the Minor Methods and Statistics in the Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Future employers will favour you above others if you have taken this Minor, especially if you wish to enrol in a Research Master's programme or wish to apply for a PhD position. The Minor will prepare you for the Research Master's programme and jobs in which conducting research plays an important role.

Also, this Minor will prepare you for doing research in practice. How to do an interview? Or design a questionnaire? These are all skills that will be useful in doing research for your thesis and beyond.

The M&S Minor programme will teach you how to translate research questions into a research design. You will get to know the methods and statistics required to analyse empirical data. You will learn how to analyse and interpret the data. And you will learn how best to report on your findings.

In this Minor you will get to master different academic skills; attending classes in English, using computer technology, project planning, sticking to the deadlines, teamwork, making a research design, data analyses, writing and presenting research reports, and using software for data analyses (other than SPSS).

Student profile

The Minor Methods and Statistics in the Social and Behavioural Sciences is accessible to students of the Faculty of Social Sciences, but also to students of the University College and to national (other universities) and international exchange students.

The Minor is intended for everyone who is interested in doing research in practice, and will prepare you for doing a Research Master's programme.

During my bachelor I realized I was interested in doing research, and I wanted to know more about the whole process of research and all the problems one may encounter. An important thing I have learned during this minor is that doing research is not as easy or straightforward as it may seem sometimes. And I think doing this minor really helps to stand out with knowledge on methods and statistics for better chances on a research master or PhD.
Ingeborg Kool, 3rd year Interdisciplinary Social Sciences student

Study programme

This Minor consists of four courses (listed below). To fulfil the Minor, successful completion of all four of these courses is required.

Code Course Blok Level Coordinator
200300125 Theory construction and statistical modelling 1C 3 Dr. C.J. van Lissa
200500126 Conducting a survey 2C 3 Dr. Vera Toepoel
201500130 Missing data theory and causal effects 3C 3 Dr. Gerko Vink
201000129 Doing a qualitative research project 4A 3 Drs. Hidde Leplaa

Entrance requirements

Practical knowledge of how to use SPSS to execute multiple regression and analysis of variance, and knowledge of how to interpret SPSS output is required for all courses. All students should be able to understand, speak and write in English. The precise entry requirements for each of the courses are given in the course descriptions that can be found under Study Programme.

For the course 'Doing a Qualitative research project' methodological knowledge at the level of first year bachelor courses is required. For the other courses methodological and statistical knowledge at the level of first- and second-year bachelor courses is required. Furthermore, theoretical knowledge of multivariate statistics and more specifically multiple regression, and analysis of variance is required.

I really liked the small scale of the minor courses. This means that you get a chance to discuss topics of the course with your professor on an accessible level. The most important thing I learned in this minor is also how enjoyable group work can be when you are interested in the same topics as your partners.
Hidde van Beek, 3rd year student Psychology

Students of Utrecht University

Apply for this Minor via OSIRIS Student. There you will find the tab `subscribe to Minors’. Your subscription to the Minor does not automatically mean that you are also enrolled to the courses within the Minor. You will have to enrol in the courses separately. Please take into account the periods of enrolment.

Students outside of Utrecht University

Enrol for the courses through our application form at OSIRIS Online Application (visit our subsidiary courses page for more information). Use the same application form to apply for the Minor. After your form is processed, the Student Information Point will enrol you for the Minor.

Minor declaration

If you are a student of Utrecht University, the minor will be included in your International Diploma Supplement (provided that you have met all the requirements, of course).

If you are not a student of the University, it may be useful to request a minor declaration. This will allow you to demonstrate that you have successfully completed the minor. When you have passed all courses of this minor, you can apply for a minor declaration in Osiris Case. To do so, you must be enrolled in the minor.

More information

For further information, please contact Vera Toepoel (v.toepoel@uu.nl).

Look at the website of the two-year Master's programme Methods and Statistics in the Social and Behavioural Sciences.