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Methods Training | Research Training Centre | Social Science | Edinburgh

Training and Support

Micro-Methods Workshops 

Our Micro-Methods Workshops provide introductory training in broad range of social science methods and software packages. The workshops are delivered online and can be accessed by University of Edinburgh students and staff at any point during the academic year.

Postgraduate students seeking more advanced research methods training should consider taking our credit-bearing Advanced Methods Workshops course.

Flexible Learning Week

We offer an exciting programme of methods workshops during Flexible Learning Week. The workshops vary in length, from two to three hours to full day events, and offer tuition and hands on experience of applying social science methods. Further details will be announced in the news section of our website and twitter feed in semester two.

Dissertation Support

We offer a range of resources and events to support students working on dissertations through our Dissertation Support Learn site. The Covid-19 outbreak and associated restrictions bring new challenges for the dissertation process but don’t worry – alternative strategies are possible and here we provide materials and links to resources and ideas to guide you through your dissertation! All MSc students within the School of Social and Political Science are given access to this site in semester two.

Research Methods Resources for Staff and Students

We have collated a wide range of resources on Social Science research methods, available for anyone with an EASE password. The self-enrol site has material on collecting and analysing data, qualitative and quantitative data analysis as well as details of upcoming training and events. Visit the Learn site for resources on research methods (Please note you will need to click on the ‘enrol’ button).

RTC Cohort

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 (RTC) team and provides peer support via both formal and informal channels.

The group meets on the first Friday of each month. If you are interested in joining the cohort, please email sps.rtc@ed.ac.uk for more information.


"I work on demographic statistics at National Records of Scotland. I have interviewed hundreds of people, and managed dozens. Because of this, I am very enthusiastic about students developing applied skills which will be useful when you are applying for jobs, and when you find work.

I think these workshops look brilliant and should be really worthwhile. I wish something like this had been available when I was a student!"

Dr Esther Roughsedge, National Records of Scotland


“The core of our day to day business at ScotCen Social Research is concerned with responding to a wide range of applied research and evidence needs utilising a variety of methods and sources of information. To meet these needs, we require researchers with both expertise in quantitative or qualitative methods alongside a broader understanding of varied research practice and its application. The micro-method workshops are a great opportunity to build on expertise, develop understanding of new methods and extend the types of skills needed when working in an applied research context.”’

Paul Bradshaw, Director of ScotCen