Programme overview

Period Courses

11-22 Mar 2019
(cohort 2019)

2-13 Mar 2020
(cohort 2020)

1-12 March 2021
(cohort 2021)

Basic Course 1: PhD Research Methods

Presentation of the initial research idea and discussion of research possibilities, to the GPAC2 cohort and institute staff

Research Skills: an introduction to STATA, Zotero, and literature search techniques., Introduction to the GPAC2 individual coaching trajectory

Introduction to the MGSoG / UNU-MERIT research community

Online course between March and June: Introduction to Statistics and Statistical Analysis


3-14 June 2019
(cohort 2019)
(Monday 10 June free due to public holiday Pentecost)

2-12 June 2020
(cohort 2020)
(Monday 1 June free due to public holiday Pentecost)

7-18 June 2021
(cohort 2021)

Basic Course 2: Research Design (qualitative and quantitative design choices)

Basic Course 3: Introduction to Econometric Analysis

Basic Course 4: Qualitative Research Data Collection

Presentation and Discussion of the research proposals, to the GPAC2 cohort and institute staff

Research Skills: statistical analysis with STATA, Qualitative data collection and analysis with AtlasTI, Giving and Receiving feedback

Specialisation Courses: A selection of one or two courses, out of a tablet of elective courses. The choice options will change over time, depending on available staff.


4-15 Nov 2019
(cohort 2019)

2-13 Nov 2020
(cohort 2020)

1-12 November 2021
(cohort 2021)

Basic Course 5: Qualitative Data Analysis

Basic Course 6: Advanced econometric analysis

Specialisation Courses: A selection of one or two courses, out of a tablet of elective courses. The choice options will change over time, depending on available staff.

Presentation and Discussion of the research proposals, to the GPAC2 cohort and institute staff


Jan-Feb 2019
(cohort 2018)

Jan-Feb 2020
(cohort 2019)

Jan-Feb 2021
(cohort 2020)

Jan-Feb 2022
(cohort 2021)

Submission of final research proposal

Written comments and admission decision to GPAC² year 2


Higher year cohort

17-21 June 2019

18-22 Nov 2019

15-19 June 2020

16-20 Nov 2020

21-25 June 2021

15-19 November 2021

Research workshop, including presentations and discussions, progress meetings, master classes and keynote lectures, coaching and skills development

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