Nijmegen, Netherlands

Comparative Research Designs

when 20 June 2022 - 24 June 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 575

This course is offered as part of the Radboud Summer School in Social Research Methods, in collaboration with MethodsNET (a global network that offers excellent training in social research methods).

This course enables you to develop a robust comparative research design from A to Z: thinking comparatively, ‘casing’, case selection strategies, data collection/management and data analysis.

Course leader

Benoît Rihoux
Political Science
University of Louvain

Target group


This PhD level course is open to all researchers aiming at bringing their research to the next level. It is particularly designed for researchers engaged in a comparative research project and facing concrete challenges in designing and/or implementing their project.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

-Critically reflect on all steps of your comparative research project, and find pragmatic solutions to your comparative research design challenges
-Clarify your research goals and your ‘casing’ (defining your cases)
-Choosing the most appropriate case selection strategy, basic or more advanced
-Choosing the most appropriate strategy for data collection, management and analysis

Credits info

2 EC
2 ECTS credits, with the possibility of an extra 1-3 ECTS credits depending on additional course work and assignments handed in during or after the summer school (for a possible total of up to 5 ECTS).

Fee info

EUR 575: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees:
€ 518 early bird discount- deadline 1 April 2022 (10%)
€ 489 partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 431 early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)