What will I learn?

Many research questions can be answered by using either quantitative research methods or qualitative research methods. However, many other research questions are best approached by using a mixed methods design. This micro-credential will summarise the key aspects of quantitative and qualitative mixed methods, and use a number of example research projects to discuss how they can be combined to answer key social research questions.


Parallel mixed methods - Qualitative or quantitative research done separately with results compared at the end
Sequential or iterative mixed methods – Interaction between qualitative and quantitative research/researchers throughout (e.g. Use qualitative research to obtain understanding of issues; construct a survey instrument that integrates understanding; derive hypotheses and test using survey data)
Quasi-mixed methods – Culturally informed quantitative research/Empirically informed qualitative research

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to:

Evaluate the main strengths and weaknesses of quantitative research methods
Evaluate the main strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research methods
Critique existing empirical research based on the choice of methodology
Differentiate between research questions which rely on cross-sectional survey data, longitudinal survey data, and qualitative data
Design a mixed-methods research project on an important social research question

Micro-credential stack information

This micro-credential may be undertaken as a stand-alone course.

Study options

Full Time (22 hours)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

To be confirmed


The Australian National University

Acton Campus,


Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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