Data Science and Research Methods, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 49 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Module)
    Tuition (Module)
  • English (take IELTS)
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In this Data Science and Research Methods Summer School at RWTH International Academy, participants acquire hands-on research skills in topics such as philosophy of science, qualitative research, grounded theory. These skills will prove most helpful for designing and conducting empirical research projects for instance as part of your PhD research, master thesis or later professional life.


This programme is coordinated by the RWTH International Academy and the Faculty of Business and Economics as represented by Professor Torsten-Oliver Salge, Ph.D.

The Data Science and Research Methods programme at RWTH Aachen University is based on the following pillars:

I. Excellence Science and Research in Data Science and Management Research Methods

The ACISS Summer School offers a unique set of courses designed to meet the needs of novice and advanced researchers in research methods ranging from qualitative research and academic publishing to scale development and data mining. All classes will be highly interactive, method-, and application-oriented. Outstanding instructors from PennState, the University of Chile, the University of Leeds, the University of Vienna, and RWTH Aachen University will deliver the courses. All courses have been designed to equip you with insights into state-of-the-art research methods and supporting software packages. You will also have the opportunity to apply these insights in order to solve hands-on research problems and to discuss your findings with your peers. What better way to prepare for your empirical master thesis, PhD project, and journal publication?

II. Mentoring

During the week long courses, participants will have the opportunity to get in touch with their respective lecturer to discuss their own research projects. Current research projects or dissertations can be presented to receive feedback from a qualified third party.

III. Get-together with Researchers

All participants of the ACISS programme are invited to take part in get-togethers with researchers and academic staff at the RWTH Aachen University. There is a wide offer of intercultural activities and excursions in and around Aachen – enjoy your stay!

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Start date varies depending on individual modul
  • Full-time duration 49 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    35 ECTS

    5 ECTS per Module

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The ACISS programme offers seven intensive courses on quantitative and qualitative research methods with an attractive course format:

  • 35 participants per course (max)
  • 5 consecutive days
  • 6 hours of classroom interaction per day
  • afternoon assignments and scientific readings
  • 5 credits per course.

All courses will be highly interactive and will comprise classroom discussions, student presentations, and in some cases also computer lab sessions. The courses have been selected and designed to help you acquire hands-on research skills in topics such as qualitative research, grounded theory, academic publishing, advanced econometrics, data mining, and scale development. These skills will prove most helpful for designing and conducting empirical research projects for instance as part of your master thesis, PhD research, or later professional life.

  • Qualitative Research Methods and Grounded Theory
  • Introduction to the Publication Process in Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Introduction to Applied Advanced Econometrics
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Data Mining
  • Introduction to Applied Empirical Research and Replication Studies
  • Measurement Theory and Scale Development
  • Introduction to Lab and VR Experiments

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

The ACISS Summer School is open for application to all PhD and advanced master students, as well as post-docs and interested researchers. It is offered by the RWTH Aachen University’s School of Business and Economics. However, we invite interested researchers from all disciplines,to participate in the Summer School. The method-oriented curriculum allows participation without a broad understanding of management and economics research.

Please note: The minimum age to participate is 18 years.

An English language proficiency test is recommended but not mandatory. Since the programme is taught in English, we trust that you bring sufficient academic English language skills to be able to follow the course.

We will evaluate your application based on the overall strength of your academic record, extracurricular experiences and your cover letter.

Required Documents
  • Your cover letter (stating your motivation for applying to the programme)
  • Your curriculum vitae (résumé)
  • Optional: Additional documents to support your application (certificates)

Tuition Fee Per Module

  • EUR 750 International
  • EUR 750 EU/EEA

The fees for the one-week module of ACISS-programme amount to EUR 750.

Every additional module amounts to EUR 600

The course fees include:

  • lectures and materials
  • a welcome package
  • a local public transport ticket for the respective time


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