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Social Sciences Research Methods Programme | SSRMP

What is the SSRMP?

The SSRMP is 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.​

Our training is grouped into the following categories:

  • Basic Statistics Stream
  • Statistics
  • Elements of Social Science Research
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Statistical Software Packages

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


Latest news

Booking is now open for a new module Web Scraping and Digital Power which introduces researchers to using Python software for web scraping. The module is taught online via Zoom, with an optional Q&A session. Further details and a module description can be found in the 'Modules' section of the website. 

Demonstrators required

We are looking for demonstrators with experience in using either Stata or R software to assist in lab sessions and paid on a casual hourly basis. If you have expertise and are interested please contact us:

Modules and Instructors in Research Methods

SSRMP continues to expand its training portfolio to ensure postgrads and staff are offered training in the latest and exciting research methods. If you think there is a gap in our training and you can recommend a research method we are not already covering then please feel free to make suggestions. We are always looking for  suitably qualified instructors to teach existing and new modules. If you would like to offer your expertise or know of someone who might, please contact us:

New SSRMP modules 

February 2024

New dates have been added for the following modules, and bookings are now open:

A new date has been added in Lent Term for the modules Data Visualisation Using Python which will be taught online, and for An Introduction to Embodied Inquiry. Further details and a module description can be found in the 'Modules' section of the website. 

January 2024

Research Data Security: Starting on Tuesday 30th January, this module introduces students to some of the legal issues around academic research involving personal data, and walks them through securing their research by conceptualizing and then assessing possible risks, followed by examining different ways to reduce those risks. The module takes place online.

Bookings are now open for two new modules which will run in Lent Term: Semiotic and Cultural Semantic Analysis and Equitable Research through Creative Methods. Please see the 'Modules' section of the website for descriptions of these modules and for the full list of training available to book.

Registers of Attendance

September 2023

This year, registers of attendance will be taken during every live session across all SSRMP modules. To make things easier and more efficient we intend to make use of electronic registration where participants scan a QR code to register. Other methods will be available for those who don’t have a mobile phone.