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Recommended Research Courses

All students are strongly advised to attend courses organised by the Department of Methodology, by other relevant LSE departments (upon consent of the course convenor and their Supervisors) and/or by the PhD Academy.Students specialising in specific geographical areas are expected to attend the research seminars organised by the relevant EI research unit, for example - Canada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies, Contemporary Turkish Studies, the Hellenic Observatory and LSEE.

LSE’s Language Centre provides courses in the following languages: Arabic, Business Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. For more information, see their website: www2.lse.ac.uk/language/Home.aspx

Department of Methodology

Methodology courses that are available are:
MY500 Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design
MY521 Qualitative Research Methods
MY526 Doing Ethnography
MY527 Qualitative Research with Non-Traditional data (suspended for 2015 / 16)
MY528 Special Topics in Qualitative Research Methods: Qualitative Text Analysis 
MY530 Advanced Qualitative Research Workshops
MY551 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
MY552 Applied Regression Analysis
MY454 / MY554 Applied Statistical Computing
MY555 Multivariate Analysis and Measurement
MY556 Survey Methodology
MY557 Causal Inference for Observational and Experimental Studies
MY559 Special Topics in Quantitative Analysis: Quantitative Text Analysis 
MY560 Workshop in Advanced Quantitative Analysis
MY591 Computing Packages for Qualitative Analysis
MY592 Workshop in Information Literacy: finding, managing and organising published research and data  
MY599 The Department of Methodology Seminar

Other LSE Departments

Students should feel free to look into any other relevant PhD workshops within the LSE's Politics Group (which includes the Departments of Government, International Relations and International Development).  If they feel that there is another relevant methods workshop, they should contact the course convenor responsible and ask permission. You may also choose to attend any other optional course which is offered in the School and is relevant to your research, subject to the consent of your Supervisor and the course convenor responsible for the course.

Below is a list of recommended courses from other LSE departments:

GV513  Qualitative Methods in the Study of Politics is suspended for 2015 - 2016.  Gov are advising students to take MY521 Qualitative Research Methods instead.

GV501 Doctoral Workshop: Political Theory
GV503 Political Philosophy Research Seminar 
GV514 Political Science and Political Economic Doctoral Workshop
GV517 Comparative Political Economy: New Approaches and Issues in CPE
GV5XI Research Design in Political Science

IR501 International Relations Research Methods Training Seminar
IR505 European International Politics Workshops
IR509.1 International Relations Research Design Workshop (1st yrs only)
IR509.2 International Relations Research Design Workshop (2nd yrs only)

LL500 Law Department Research Seminar

PH500 Research Methods in Philosophy

SO511 Research Seminar in Political Sociology

To view all available LSE courses, please see the Timetables website:

Available courses outside the LSE

Cemmap (Centre for micro data methods and practice). 

National Centre for Research Methods

European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) summer and winter methods school (30% discount for LSE students).