Get Involved 2021

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This semester, we have an exciting line up of activities on offer from our new Advanced Methods Workshops course to our returning Micro-Methods workshops and Talking Methods seminars. Find out more via our website or join us for our Welcome Week event!

Choose your own methods adventure! Introducing the Research Training Centre

Friday 17 September  2021, 10:00-11:00
This event will give students the opportunity to hear about our activities and connect with fellow Social Scientists interested in methods.
Register for our Welcome Week event

Advanced Methods Workshops  *NEW*

The  Advanced Methods Workshops  course is a new and exciting credit-bearing offer for postgraduate students. The course allows students to customise their learning experience by selecting from a range of advanced methods workshops across four specialist streams: quantitative, qualitative, social data science and mixed methods.

Micro-Methods Workshops

The  Micro-Methods workshops  offer introductory non-credit training in a broad range of social science research methods and software packages. They are delivered online as self-study modules and can be accessed by students and staff at any point during the academic year.  Students who complete four workshops and submit a reflective assignment can gain the Edinburgh Social Science Methods Certificate.

Talking Methods Seminars

The  Talking Methods seminars, delivered in association with the  Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, are designed to spark debate, discussion and dialogue around research methods. These monthly online events are open to all so sign up, spread the word and join the conversation as we ‘talk methods’.

RTC Cohort  *NEW*

This new and exciting student-led cohort brings together postgraduate research students to discuss, deliberate and explore research design and methodology. It draws on the rich and diverse knowledge and experience of the Research Training Centre team and provides peer support via both formal and informal channels. Join the first cohort meeting on Friday 8 October 2021 at 10:30am.

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The Research Training Centre applies expertise in a diverse set of social science methods, through teaching and research. The Centre provides new insights to the key challenges in society.

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