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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.

The Methodology workshops will be resumed in Lent Term 2022/23. More details will be announced in due course.

MY530 Advanced Qualitative Research 2021/22

Michaelmas term

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

Lent Term

  • Week 4 -  Thematic Analysis (11th February)
  • Week 9 - Understanding Research Integrity (15th March) online on Zoom
  • Week 10 - Discourse Analysis LT (21 March)
  • Week 11 - Ethnography (30th March) cancelled due to UCU strike action

Summer Term  

  • Week 5 - Small-n Case Studies and Comparative Analysis (30th May)
  • Week 5 - Process Tracing (30th May)
  • Week 6 - Participatory Research (6th June)
  • Week 7 - Understanding Research Integrity (16th June) online on Zoom

MY560 Advanced Quantitative Research 2021/22

Michaelmas term

  • Week 9 - Understanding Research Integrity (24th November) online on Zoom

Lent Term

  • Week 3 - Questionnaire Design 1 (1st February pre-recorded lectures)
  • Week 3 - Questionnaire Design 2 (1st February pre-recorded lectures)
  • Week 3 - Design of Experiments 1 (2nd February pre-recorded lectures)
  • Week 3 - Design of Experiments 2  (2nd February pre-recorded lectures)
  • Week 4 - Applied Bayesian Data Analysis for Social Science (7th February)
  • Week 4 - Event History 1: Introduction and Models for Discrete Survival Times (10th February) online on Zoom
  • Week 4 - Event History 2: Understanding the Cox Model and Semi-parametric Analysis (11th February) online on Zoom
  • Week 7 - Collecting and Analysing Ego Network Data (28th February) cancelled due to UCU strike action
  • Week 9 - Understanding Research Integrity (15th March) online on Zoom
  • Week 11 - Statistical Analysis with Missing Data (28th March)

Summer Term  

  • Week 2 - Agent Based Modelling (9th May)
  • Week 3 - Experiments beyond the Randomised Controlled Trials (18th May)
  • Week 7 - Exploring and Communicating Data with Dashboards in R (13th June)
  • Week 7 - Understanding Research Integrity (16th June) online on Zoom