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Methods training

The Department of Methodology is an interdisciplinary group, most of the staff having joint appointments with other departments in the School.

 

A key function of the Department is to provide training for PhD and MSc students in the design of social research and in qualitative and quantitative analysis. Students should seek advice from their departments or supervisors on which Methodology courses they are required to take. 

Historically, one of the main reasons for the establishment of the Department of Methodology was the identification by the Economic and Social Research Council of a 'methods gap' in the training of research students and the publication by the ESRC of guidelines for PhD programmes in the social sciences. Among the stipulated requirements was a set of research skills for each discipline. Given the considerable overlap in these research skills across departments, the Department of Methodology was established to meet some of these needs efficiently.

Department of Methodology courses are open to all LSE students taking MSc or PhD programmes. This means that research students are welcome to attend any of the Department's courses, regardless of which department they are based in. They should seek approval from their research tutors or supervisors.

Some courses are open to external students.

Methodology courses for MSc students

Methodology courses for PhD students

 

Workshops on Advanced Qualitative Research

Advanced Qualitative Research workshops are primarily aimed at PhD students but may be taken by Masters students. In order to guarantee a place, students must sign up via the LSE's Training and Development system, which usually opens for bookings around two weeks prior to the workshop.

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Workshops on Advanced Quantitative Analysis

The full details for the Advanced Qualitative Research workshops can be found on the . Workshops are primarily aimed at PhD students but may be taken by Masters students. In order to guarantee a place, students must sign up via the LSE's Training and Development system, which usually opens for bookings around two weeks prior to the workshop.

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Workshops on Applied Analysis software

These workshops are open to all staff and students across the LSE and run during term time.

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During the 2016/17 academic year, we are running courses on the following programmes:

  • NVIVO
  • QDA Miner (software for text analysis)
  • SPSS
  • Stata
  • UCINET and NETDRAW
  • Wordstat

In order to guarantee your place on these workshops, you must sign up via the LSE's Training and Development System. Bookings open around one month before the date the workshop takes place.

 

See also:

ESRC DTC methods training

Methods surgery