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What We Do

The Social Sciences Research Methods Programme (SSRMP) at the University of Cambridge is an interdisciplinary programme providing training in research methods for postgraduate students.

Our aims

  • to provide a broad range of courses at all levels from introductory to advanced
  • to give students the capacity to frame research questions, to formulate research designs, and to apply appropriate research methods to the gathering, analysis and interpretation of evidence
  • to emphasise the practical use of the analytical techniques taught, via examples and hands-on experience
  • to provide a solid basis for students' own research, during their time at Cambridge and beyond

As well as taking modules relating their own course of study, many students take advantage of the SSRMP to learn about a wider range of techniques than those they will use in the short term. This is an excellent strategy - it enables students to:

  • place their research and choice of methods in a broader context
  • develop a critical awareness of alternative methods and approaches
  • acquire a broad range of skills transferable to subsequent careers

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An interdisciplinary programme providing research methods training to University of Cambridge staff and postgraduate students at MPhil and PhD level. Our courses cover qualitative, and quantitative research methods, from basic training to advanced statistical analysis.​

  • Basic Statistics
  • Specialist Statistics
  • Introductions to Statistical Software Packages
  • Elements of Social Science Research

A selection of our courses are also available to external participants.

We would like to remind you of the support and care around wellbeing that you can find within the University during this difficult time when we are all required to distance ourselves socially. Your supervisor and Department are your primary source for duty of care but there are many other services and websites that can be of help too. In particular, the University's Student Wellbeing website is extremely helpful.

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