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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.

Watch our introductory Methodology course videos.

Methodology courses for MSc students

Methodology courses for PhD students


Methodology Workshops

We're offering workshops under MY530 and MY560 on a variety of specific and advanced topics in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

These workshops are primarily aimed at PhD students but may be taken by Masters students. The 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. 

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. 

As part of the Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) network, the Department reserves and small number of places on MY530 and MY560 workshops for non-LSE external visitors at £30 per workshop. Interested parties can sign up via the NCRM Events page or via the LSE online store.

For queries about workshops, please email methodology.research@lse.ac.uk.

MY530 Advanced Qualitative Research 2021/22

Michaelmas term

  • Week 7 - Discourse Analysis MT (10th November)
  • Week 9 - In-Depth Interviewing (22nd November)
  • Week 9 - Understanding Research Integrity (24th November)

Lent Term

  • Week 4 -  Thematic Analysis (11th February)
  • Week 5 - Participatory Research (14th February)
  • Week 9 - Understanding Research Integrity (15th March)
  • Week 10 - Discourse Analysis LT (21 March)
  • Week 11 - Ethnography (30th March)

Summer Term  

  • Week 5 - Small-n Case Studies and Comparative Analysis (30th May)
  • Week 5 - Process Tracing (30th May)
  • Week 5 - Understanding Research Integrity (1st June)
  • Week 6 - Reflexivity (6th June)

MY560 Advanced Quantitative Research 2021/22

Michaelmas term

  • Week 9 - Understanding Research Integrity (24th November)
  • Week 10 - Applied Bayesian Data Analysis for Social Science (6th December)

Lent Term

  • Week 7 - Collecting and Analysing Ego Network Data (28th February)
  • Week 9 - Understanding Research Integrity (15th March)
  • Week 11 - Statistical Analysis With Missing Data (28th March)

Summer Term  

  • Week 2 - Agent Based Modelling (9th May)
  • Week 5 - Understanding Research Integrity (1st June)