Department of Methodology Courses

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 Department of 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 students taking MSc or PhD programmes. This means that research students are welcome to attend any of the Institute's courses. They should check their departmental requirements with their research tutors or supervisors.

Details of our MSc level courses can be found at the LSE Calendar|. Here are the specific links to each course:

MY400 Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design|

MY421 Qualitative Research Methods|

MY426 Doing Ethnography|

MY427 Qualitative Research with Non-Traditional Data|

MY429 Special Topics in Qualitative Research Methods: Qualitative Text Analysis|

MY451 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis|

MY452 Applied Regression Analysis|

MY455 Multivariate Analysis and Measurement|

MY456 Survey Methodology|

MY457 Causal Inference for Observational and Experimental Studies|

MY459 Special Topics in Quantitative Analysis: Advanced Regression Modelling|

Details of our PhD level courses can be found and at the LSE Calendar|. Here are specific links to each half-unit course:

MY500 Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design|

MY521 Qualitative Research Methods|

MY526 Doing Ethnography|

MY527 Non-Traditional Data: New Dimensions in Qualitative Research|

MY529 Special Topics in Qualitative Research Methods: Qualitative Text Analysis|

MY551 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis|

MY552 Applied Regression Analysis|

MY555 Multivariate Analysis and Measurement|

MY556 Survey Methodology|

MY557 Causal Inference for Observational and Experimental Studies|

MY559 Special Topics in Quantitative Analysis: Advanced Regression Modelling|

 

Here are specific links to shorter workshops:

MY530 Advanced Qualitative Research Workshops|

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|

MY593 Authoring a PhD and Developing as a Researcher|

 

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