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Methods Short Courses


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.


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

Workshops will resume in Winter and Spring Term. The new schedule for 2023/24 will be published in due course.

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 in Winter and Spring 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 the events. 

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. Interested parties can sign up via the NCRM Events page or via the LSE online store.

For queries about workshops, please email


MY530 Advanced Qualitative Research 2023/24

Winter Term (TBC)


Spring Term  (TBC)

MY560 Advanced Quantitative Research 2023/24

Winter Term (TBC)


Spring Term  (TBC)