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 The Centre is committed to developing and supporting empirically grounded research in the social sciences.

The Centre intends to develop training and run workshops to help equip students and staff with greater confidence and expertise in more advanced  skills in quantitative analysis as well as other  methods and techniques applicable to the social sciences.

Topics for worksops include: 

  • questionnaireSurvey design

  • Structural Equation Modelling

  • Time Series Analysis

  • Multilevel Modelling

  • chartRegression Discontinuity Design

  • Experimental Design

  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis

  • Ethnography

  • Visual Methods

If you would like to offer a talk or suggest a method please contact oliver.heath@rhul.ac.uk 

Please see below for other useful training opportunities


ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Royal Holloway, University of London, Royal Holloway, University of London, is delighted to announce that the collaboration with the University of Kent, the University of Reading and the University of Surrey has been formalised as the South East Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), one of 21 DTCs with ESRC recognition. All ESRC funding for postgraduate studies at master's and doctoral level will now occur through the DTC.

National Centre for Research Methods

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) strategy to improve the standards of research methods across the UK social science community.NCRM provides a focal point for research, training and capacity building activities. These activities are aimed at promoting a step change in the quality and range of methodological skills and techniques used by the UK social science community, and providing support for, and dissemination of, methodological innovation and excellence within the UK. Details on upcoming training and events are available here.

Essex Summer School

The Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis offers courses on various types of quantitative and qualitative research methods, research design, techniques for data collection and measurement as well as mathematics. The Summer School provides an opportunity for social scientists to make contact with professional social scientists from other countries. Besides classroom instruction and daily laboratory work, there are evening seminars on research topics of special interest.

Oxford Spring School

The Oxford Spring School at Oxford University is a week of events targeted at Political and Social Science researchers, who already have training in and experience of quantitative research, and are seeking to extend and broaden their skills.


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