PSY8003 - Multivariate Quantitative Research Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100 A

Course content

Application deadline for this course is 16th December 2020. Application form.
Since this is an intensive course the lectures will take place between January 4th-8th 2021.

The course gives a deeper understanding of the commonly used first generation multivariate analysis techniques in psychological research as well as in other fields of the social sciences. The course first treats thoroughly multiple regression analysis which also includes dummy-variable regression (ANOVAs), moderation analysis or interaction effects (Factorial ANOVAs) and mediation analysis. We then go through logistic regression and exploratory factor analysis (principal component and common factor). Further, we show how one can use the multilevel framework to analyse repeated measures and longitudinal data.


The main software to be used during the course is STATA. For those using R or SPSS, relevant codes/instructions will also be provided.

Learning outcome


The candidate...

- has deep theoretical and practical knowledge of the first generation multivariate quantitative methods that are commonly used in psychological and social science research.

- has knowledge of the assumptions for applying these methods in addition to the ability to appropriately assess the methods used to the corresponding research questions.



The candidate...

- has the ability to transform theoretical research problems into hypotheses that can be tested through methods that are taught in the course.

- has the skill to set up an analytical strategy based on theory and knowledge of methodology.


General Qualifications:

The candidate...

- has expertise in quantitative research and has knowledge of how research results can be communicated in scientific publication format.

- has the expertise to be able to evaluate published psychological research from a methodological viewpoint.

Learning methods and activities

Participation in lectures and lab exercises. The course consists of 30 hours and is arranged over a period of five days in January. The form of assessment is an individual paper of 4000-5000 words. The paper will be assessed by using the passed/not passed grading option. The paper should demonstrate that the candidate has been able to employ one or several of the techniques treated in the course. The candidate can use primary and/or secondary data. The paper cannot be identical to an article that is included in the doctoral thesis. The course is offered when at least five PhD candidates are registered.


The course is limited to a maximum of 25 candidates. Candidates admitted to a PhD programme have priority.


Application deadline for this course is 16th December 2019.

This is an intensive course and the digital lectures will take place in the period 04-08 January 2021.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation in lectures and exercises

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Completed Master's degree or similar. The course is limited to a maximum of 25 candidates. Candidates admitted to a PhD programme have priority.

Course materials

Recommended literature will be sent to the participants before the course starts.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2020-12-16

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Psychology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Psychology



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 A

Release 2021-01-11

Submission 2021-01-25

Release 14:00

Submission 14:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
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