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Methods training

 

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.
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.

 

Methodology Courses

A key function of the Department of Methodology is to provide training for PhD and MSc students in the design of social research and in qualitative and quantitative analysis. 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.

Methodology courses for MSc students

Methodology courses for PhD students


Methodology Workshops

The Department of Methodology offers workshops under MY530 and MY560 on a variety of specific, advanced topics in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

These workshops are non-examinable, self-contained and may be attended independently. Workshops usually take place towards the end of Michaelmas Term, and during Lent and Summer Terms, with the schedules available from the MY530 and MY560 Moodle pages, and in the relevant workshop tabs below.

As part of the Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) network, the Department reserves limited spaces on MY530 and MY560 workshops for non-LSE external visitors at £30 per workshop.

Previously, the Department also offered MY591, a series of workshops focusing on the use of research methods software. Administration of these workshops has been passed to the Digital Skills Lab. For more information on these workshops, please contact digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk. When these workshops are scheduled, they will appear on the LSE Training and Development system.

MY530 Advanced Qualitative Research* & MY560 Advanced Quantitative Analysis*

The Department of Methodology offers workshops under MY530 and MY560 on a variety of specific, advanced topics in qualitative and quantitative research methods. 

These workshops are primarily aimed at PhD students but may be taken by Masters students. In order to guarantee a place, sign up via the LSE Training and Development system, which usually opens for bookings around one month prior to MY530 events and two weeks for MY560. See full details on Moodle.

MY530 and MY560 workshops are normally held in the PhD Academy or COL.8.13 over the course of a single day consisting of a two-hour lecture in the morning followed by a two hour practical session in the afternoon.

A small number of places on the MY530 and MY560 workshops are reserved for external visitors at the cost of £30 per place. Interested parties can sign up around one month prior to MY530 events and two weeks in advance of MY560 workshops via the NCRM Events pages. Please email methodology.admin@lse.ac.uk for further information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: 

On 12 March 2020 LSE took the decision to postpone all public events. This decision was taken to reflect our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our community. 

In line with this, the Department of Methodology has with regret had to take the decision to cancel all upcoming workshops in academic year 2019/20. 

At this stage the Department is planning to recommence workshops in MT 2020/21. Information regarding this will be made available when possible.

MY530 Advanced Qualitative Research 2019/20

Michaelmas term

  • Week 4 - Participant Observation (23th October)
  • Week 9 - Small-n Case Studies and Comparative Analysis (27th November)
  • Week 10 - Thematic Analysis (6th November)
  • Week 11 - In-Depth Interviewing (9th December)

Lent Term

  • Week 2 - Research Ethics (31st January).
  • Week 3 - Designing Mixed Method Evaluation Research (7th February).
  • Week 8 - Process Tracing: Methodological Innovations and Best Practices for Qualitative Case Studies (9th March)
  • Week 9 - Discourse Analysis (16th March)

Summer Term workshops will not be held due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

MY560 Advanced Quantitative Analysis 2019/20

Lent term

  • Week 3 - Questionnaire Design 1 (5th February)
  • Week 3 - Introduction to Structural Equation Models (5th February)
  • Week 4 - Agent Based Modelling (11th February)
  • Week 4 - Questionnaire Design 2 (12th February)
  • Week 5 - Design of Experiments 1 (19th February)
  • Week 7 - Statistical Analysis with Missing Data (2nd March)
  • Week 7 - Event History Analysis 1 (3rd March)
  • Week 7 - Event History Analysis 2 (4th March)
  • Week 7 - Design of Experiments 2 (4th March)
  • Week 8 - Matching Methods for Causal Inference (13th March)

Summer Term workshops will not be held due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.


MY591 Applied Analysis Software

Previously, the Department of Methodology also offered MY591, a series of workshops focusing on the use of research methods software. Administration of these workshops has been passed to the Digital Skills Lab. 

Data science courses will appear on the LSE Training and Development system. These courses include Python, NVivo, QDA Miner, Wordstat, Stata and SPSS.

For more information on these workshops, please contact digital.skills.lab@lse.ac.uk.