Welcome to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
Using rigorous research methods to investigate
substantive questions of interest is the principal goal of academic
staff at the Chair of Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. The
research activities at QMSS cover a wide range of substantive areas.
Recent projects have included research in the areas of electoral
behavior, public opinion, political psychology, constitutional politics
and political methodology. Currently we are involved in a new forecasting project, Zweitstimme.org, to predict the outcome of the 2017 election in Germany. Read more about the research projects and researchers at the Chair.
The Chair of Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences offers regular courses on research design, data collection and quantitative research methods. For students in the political science B.A. Program we offer lectures that form the spine of the research methods training, Empirical Political Research and Data Analysis. These lectures are complemented by tutorials and workshops. At the postgraduate level we offer more advanced training in quantitative methods with lecture and seminar series in Multivariate Analysis, Multilevel Modeling and Maximum-Likelihood Estimation. In addition, we offer courses in research design for MA Students and doctoral candidates. More information on our teaching can be found here.