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Social Sciences Research Methods Programme | SSRMP


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

SSRMP modules

Our training is grouped into the following categories: 

Elements of Social Science Research

Qualitative Methods

Basic Statistics Stream


Software Packages

Research Integrity

Online Induction

Before booking a module please complete the online induction.

Our induction explains how the SSRMP works, more about the modules we offer, and everything you need to know about making a booking. Taking part in this induction is compulsory for all University of Cambridge students intending to take any module offered by the SSRMP in the academic year, and should be done before attempting to make any bookings.

For University of Cambridge students:

Choosing your modules

  • Consult your course handbook so you know what SSRMP modules you are required to take. If you have any questions regarding degree requirements please contact the Graduate Administrator in your Department, not the SSRMP;
  • Discuss your choice of modules with your MPhil Director / PhD supervisor;
  • Check that your choices satisfy the requirements of your funding body, if applicable;
  • Take the Skill Check, if you want to take courses from the Basic Statistics Stream;
  • Ensure that you meet any prerequisites for the modules you book;
  • Check your timetable to ensure you can attend. If you have a place on a course and don't use use it, your department will still be charged;
  • Above all, think ahead! If you have to do fieldwork next year, you'll need to get the necessary training this year.


If your Department has a requirement that you attend particular modules which you feel you have already covered, speak to your Supervisor or Director of Graduate Studies. It may be that an alternative module would suit your needs better;

If you find yourself struggling with a module, discuss it with your Supervisor and / or the Lecturer concerned;