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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

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 and course outline available from the MY530 and MY560 Moodle pages, and in the relevant workshop tabs below. 

Sign up via Eventbrite, which opens for bookings two weeks prior to the corresponding workshop. 

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 also sign up via Eventbrite under external ticket admissions

Please be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions section below. For queries about workshops, please email


MY530 Advanced Qualitative Research 2023/24

Winter Term 

Week 9 - 12 March 2024 (TBC)
Understanding Research Integrity by Dr Daniele Fanelli (Online)

Spring Term  

Week 1 - 30 April 2024 
In-depth Interview by Dr Aliya Rao 

Week 1 - 02 May 2024
Thematic Analysis by Dr Aliya Rao 

Week 3 - 14 May 2024
Conjoint Survey Experiment by Dr Noam Titelman 

Week 3 - 16 May 2024
Researching Wealth and Inequality in the Global South by Aroop Chatterjee 

Week 5 - 23 May 2024
Small-n Case Studies and Comparative Analysis by Dr Ellie Knott 

Week 5 - 28 May 2024
Process Tracing: Methodological Innovations and Best Practices for Qualitative Case Studies by Dr Ellie Knott 

Week 7 - 13 June 2024
Fieldwork Preparation and Logistics: Budgets, Ethics, Participant Recruitment by Dr Florian Kern  

MY560 Advanced Quantitative Research 2023/24

Winter Term

Week 6 - 22 February 2024
Applied Bayesian Data Analysis for Social Science by Dr Patrick English

Week 8 - 07 March 2024
Introduction to Social Network Analysis by Dr Milena Tsvetkova

Sign up here

Week 9 - 12 March 2024 
Understanding Research Integrity by Dr Daniele Fanelli (Online)

Week 10 - 19 March 2024
Reproducible Pipelines for Social Scientific Research in R by Dr Daniel De Kadt (Hybrid)

Week 11 - 26 March 2024 
Agent Based Modelling by Emeritus Professor Michael Laver

Spring Term  

Week 7 - 11 June 2024
How to analyse data from population registers and other administrative sources by Dr Ben Wilson 

Frequently Asked Questions 

I cannot find the Methods Workshop schedule/ information/ sign- up link.

Any news relating to the Methods Workshop will be updated on this page. If you cannot find the relevant courses or schedule that you are looking for, please stay tuned. Please note that sign- up links will only become available two weeks prior the event. Thank you for your patience.

I am an LSE student, where can I find the relevant details for the workshops?

Please visit our Moodle pages 

I am not an LSE student; can I still sign up for Methods Workshops?

Yes, our workshops are open to the public but spaces are limited. Please sign up for our workshops via our Eventbrite page. Be sure to follow our Eventbrite page so you don't miss our public events. 

When do Methods Workshops run?

You can find a list of our upcoming workshops on this page or on our Eventbrite page. Our workshops run during the Winter Term and Spring Term. Please find the LSE Term dates here.

Where are these workshops held?

These workshops are held in-person only at CON 1.01, Department of Methodology, Connaught House, 65 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DS. Unless stated otherwise on the event page/ Moodle.

I can no longer attend the workshop I signed up for.

Please diligently cancel your ticket on Eventbrite to allow another waitlisted participant to join.

Will I get a certificate for attending these workshops?

Attendance Certificates are available upon request, please contact our team at

The workshop I signed up for has been cancelled.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused. Should any workshop be cancelled, a member of staff will contact you by email and let you know whether the workshop has been rescheduled or not.