Research Methods



  1.      GENERAL






Research Methods









  1.            PURPOSE
The Research Methodology Seminar aims to acquaint students with how to conduct scientific research on primary and secondary data as well as its contribution to science. During the seminar students will be able to engage in research and production of original and valuable knowledge and contribute to the advancement of science. The purpose of the seminar is the information, the familiarity with the terminology and with the methods of quantitative and qualitative research, as well as the possibility of interpretation and evaluation of the published scientific works.At the same time, the student seeks to develop the necessary skills for the design, preparation and elaboration of research works of postgraduate level with the main orientation of the elaboration of their postgraduate dissertation. The student is asked to understand the process by which a research idea is transformed into an object of scientific research, but also the limitations that exist in scientific research.




- Introduction to research methodology

- Bibliographic review

- Theoretical framework and research models

- Hypotheses and research questions

-Types of surveys with a questionnaire

- Qualitative research methods

- Sampling

- Quantitative research analysis, Hypothesis tests, manifold regression, variance analysis, time series analysis, indicators

- Methodological framework of research




The main learning goal that must be achieved during the preparation of the master's thesis is the student to develop the necessary cognitive background associated with the critical consideration of the subject of the master's thesis but also with the systematic application of research methodologies and techniques. Specifically, upon completion of the master's thesis, the student must prove that:


The teaching of the seminar aims at:

1. To give directions and tools for conducting scientific research.

2. To explain in detail all the modern methods for the development of qualitative and quantitative research, providing the necessary knowledge for the formation of samples, construction of questionnaires, checking questionnaires, conducting research, data analysis and commenting on research findings.

3. To contribute to the creation of the appropriate experience so that students can distinguish and choose between alternative research methods depending on the type and nature of the problem they must face.

4. To clarify to avoid misunderstandings, which often exist, regarding techniques concerning sampling methods, error sizes and interpretation of statistical analysis results.

5. To provide theoretical and practical knowledge that are necessary for the successful conduct of research in various research fields.

6. To encourage students' critical thinking and interest in researching and producing new knowledge.

7. To highlight the usefulness of different research techniques, methods, and approaches in the study of social phenomena and issues of the science of Management.

8. To cultivate the awareness of the synthetic and combined use of techniques, methods, and methodologies for solving research problems.


Knowledge Level


Upon completion of the seminar students will be able to know the stages of which a primary scientific research consists, to distinguish the difference and complementarity between qualitative and quantitative research, to be able to formulate research questions within a given information framework and to know how to compile questionnaires for the collection of primary data and how to conduct quantitative analysis in the research of Social and Administrative Science.


Skills Level


Upon completion of the seminar, students will be able to use appropriate quality techniques to formulate research questions and identify the research object, select, construct, and use research tools, use appropriate quantitative techniques, use software data processing, and interpret results.

Attitude  Level


Upon completion of the seminar, students will be able to integrate the research perspective into their daily lives, both at work and on a personal level, and to promote their research concept and problem-solving methodology. Students will also be able to cultivate their free, synthetic, creative, descriptive and research thinking.