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Quantitative Research Methods


Admission requirements

Mandatory course for students enrolled in the bachelor’s programme Security Studies. Only students of the Bachelor Security Studies can take this course.


In this course we move from learning the basic concepts in social science research, as you have learned in Introduction to Research Methods, to gaining an in-depth insight into data collection techniques and analysis possibilities in quantitative research. Specifically, you will learn about survey research, how to make your own survey and how to collect data with survey research. Furthermore, you will explore various statistical methods that you will need to apply to help you answer a safety and/or security research question.

This course is divided up into lectures and course labs. The lectures will provide the theoretical knowledge on how to make a survey, how to distribute it and an in-depth explanation of the various statistical methods that you can utilise to help you answer a research question. The course labs will focus more on gaining practical skills on how to make a survey using existing software such as Qualtrics and analyse data using the statistical software programme SPSS.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and explain what quantitative research methods entail;

  • Develop and distribute a quantitative survey;

  • Carry out univariate, bivariate and multivariate analyses on quantitative data;

  • Choose the correct statistical method to help you answer your research question;

  • Use the statistical software programme SPSS to help you do quantitative analysis;

  • Analyse and interpret the results from SPSS in a correct manner;

  • Critically evaluate and critique (your own) quantitative research design(s);

  • Report your findings with clarity and precision;

  • Work in a team on a research project.


On the right side of the programme front page you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Brightspace.

Mode of Instruction

7 plenary lectures
4 course labs in smaller groups.

Attendance of the course labs is mandatory. If you miss more than 1 course lab you fail the course and won’t obtain a final grade.

Total study load is 140 hours:

  • Contact hours (lectures and course labs): 33 hours

  • Self-study hours (including working on the end-term assignments): 107 hours

Assessment method

Group assignment

  • 25% of the final grade

  • Grade must be compensated

  • Resit not possible

Individual paper

  • 75% of the final grade

  • Grade must be 5.50 or higher

  • Resit of a fail is possible

  • Resit will take the same form

Students will also be permitted to resit the individual paper (75%) if they have a calculated overall course grade lower than 5.50.

Transitional arrangements
Passed partial grades obtained in year 2022-2023 remain valid during year 2023-2024. Students who did not meet the course lab attendance requirements in 2022-2023 are required to attend the course labs in 2023-2024.

In the case of written assessment methods, the examiner can always initiate a follow-up conversation with the student to establish whether the learning objectives have been met.

Reading list

Compulsory literature for this course is:

Aarten, P.G.M., Froneberg, E., Hewitt, J., Krüsselmann, K., & Peterscheck, A. (Eds.) (2020). Research Methods for Security Studies. SAGE. ISBN: 978-1-5297-5409-4.

Other (suggested) literature will be listed on Brightspace in due course.


Register yourself via MyStudymap for each course, workgroup and exam (not all courses have workgroups and/or exams).
Do so on time, before the start of the course; some courses and workgroups have limited spaces. You can view your personal schedule in MyTimetable after logging in.
Registration for this course is possible from Tuesday 11 July 13.00h

Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. After enrolment for the course in MyStudymap you will be automatically enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course. Furthermore, announcements and modifications will be communicated via Brightspace. Students have the responsibility to stay informed and are thus advised to regularly check Brightspace for updates.

After registration for an exam you still need to confirm your attendance via MyStudymap. If you do not confirm, you will ultimately be de-registered and you will not be allowed to take the exam.

More information on registration via MyStudymap can be found on this page.

Please note: guest-/contract-/exchange students do not register via MyStudymap but via uSis. Guest-/contract-/exchange students also do not have to confirm their participation for exams via MyStudymap.


Dr. J.J. Kantorowicz L.M. Prencipe MA MPH


For exceptions, please contact the Board of Examiners.