Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (BUSS7902)


This unit is intended to introduce PhD students in the University of Sydney Business School to two streams of techniques for research. The first stream (Quantitative Analysis) provides students with a review or introduction to the types of quantitative analysis techniques that they may be required to know, discuss or conduct, both during their PhD and in their future working lives. This stream aims to provide a basic training with a focus on statistical and business analysis methods. The skills taught in this stream are considered important for all PhD candidates to possess, both during and after their candidature. Students learn the different methods that can be applied to both continuous and discrete data. The second stream (Qualitative Analysis) introduces students to a broad range of philosophical approaches to research. Students also discover the practical implications for the research design accompanying each of the approaches. This stream introduces a broad range of interpretive approaches to research. Students learn to choose a methodological approach that is appropriate for particular interpretive research enquiry, keeping in mind the epistemological 'fit' with the research question. This stream also helps students understand the practical implications of adopting a particular methodological approach.

Further unit of study information


3 hrs per week


research ideas (qualitative) (15%), research report I (quantitative) (30%), self-assessment of research report I (5%), research ideas (qualitative) (10%), discussion leadership session (15%), research report II (qualitative) (25%)

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For MPhil and PhD students only.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.