Research Methods Summer School (July 11th - 17th, 2016)

MetLab Research Methods Summer School attracts a cohort of well‐informed, engaged students and professionals from around the world. Many of the participants are likely to be graduate professionals working in a wide range of fields including the private and public sectors, as well as NGOs and third sector organisations. A significant proportion of participants will be enrolled at universities and other higher education institutions in their home countries. Our 2016 Summer School will take place at the University of Neuchatel (exact campus location will be confirmed in your registration letter). 

Our 2016 Summer School programme will commence on the 11th of July and conclude on the 17th of July. The summer school is an intensive programme of formal contact hours plus self-study time. Usually this involves lectures or workshops each morning and either group seminar classes or independent study each afternoon. However, teaching methods and schedules may vary depending on the module. A course pack of reading material is provided to each participant at the start of the programme. Participants will have the option of focusing on either quantitative or qualitative research methods. There will also be a special programme on Visual Methods. 

Our Summer School teaching and learning strategy is based on small course enrollments with a maximum of twenty-five places available, facilitating intimate and discussion-oriented study.   

Our Summer School also offers an exciting social and cultural programme commencing with a welcome reception at the five star Beau-Rivage Hotel, Esplanade du Mont-Blanc, Neuchâtel.  We also organise a range of activities in and around Neuchâtel, as well as excursions to Geneva and other popular locations in Switzerland.   

How to Apply

Please complete the application form on our "apply" page and follow the instructions regarding payment of your application fee. The total fee for our 2016 Summer School is CHF 600 including all learning materials  (excluding excursions, meals and accommodation).


We have a small number of scholarships available for our 2016 programme. Priority will be given to self-funding students. In order to be eligible to apply for a scholarship (circa CHF 500) you should register and pay the full course fee. Once you have registered and completed payment, please send your cv plus two letters of recommendation from your institution department head or supervisor supporting your application for a scholarship. Please email all relevant documents to:

Applications for scholarships must be made on or before the 3rd of April 2016. Please note our scholarship process is highly competitive and early application is recommended. Late applications cannot be considered.

External Funding

We encourage applicants to explore alternative funding opportunities from national and local funding agencies as well as their home institutions. There are numerous sources of funding for participation on summer school training. The following links are a useful starting point in seeking funding: