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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.

Schedule

Sessions begin in week 8 of Michaelmas Term and are taught on Fridays (bar the session in MT Week 4 which will take place on a Thursday and in LT Week 5 which will take place on a Monday). Sessions take place in the LSE's PhD Academy (bar the session in MT Week 4 which takes place in Col 8.13).

For 2018/19 the provisional timetable is:

Michaelmas term

  • Week 4 - Participant Observation
  • Week 8 – Research Ethics
  • Week 9 – Discourse Analysis
  • Week 10 – Small-n Case Studies and Comparative Analysis
  • Week 11 – Using Social Media Data

Lent Term

  • Week 4 – In-depth Interviewing
  • Week 5 – Participatory Research

Summer Term

  • Week 4 – In-depth Interviewing
  • Week 6 – Thematic Analysis

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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.

Schedule

Sessions begin in week 9 of Michaelmas Term and are taught on Thursdays. Most of the workshops are for one day, and consist of a 2 hour lecture plus 2 hour computer class in the afternoon and early evening of the same day, taking place in the LSE's PhD Academy.

For 2018/19 the provisional timetable is:

Michaelmas term

  • Week 9 - Agent Based Modelling
  • Week 10 - SQL and Large-scale Online Databases

Lent Term 

  • Social media data analysis - Pablo Barbera - TBC
  • Missing-data analysis - Jouni Kuha  - TBC
  • Matching for causal effects - David Hendry - TBC
  • Event history analysis 1&2 - Ben Wilson - TBC

Summer Term

Further sessions TBC

 

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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 2018/19 academic year, we are running courses on the following programmes:

  • NVIVO - Wednesday 14th November and Friday 30th November (2-5pm)
  • QDA Miner (software for text analysis) - Monday 26th November (2-5pm)
  • SPSS - Wednesdays 21st and 28th November (2-5pm)
  • Stata - Mondays 12th and 19th November (2-5pm)
  • Wordstat - Wednesday 5th December (10am-1pm)

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.