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Social Sciences Research Methods Programme | SSRMP


We aim to provide enough series of our most popular modules to accommodate every Cambridge student who wants a place. In the rare cases where a module is oversubscribed, students are given priority according to the following criteria:

  • Students affiliated with the following departments (see below) have priority over those from other departments.
  • In the unlikely event that we need to prioritise among students and staff from Priority Departments, we will prioritise students for whom the module is a compulsory part of their course of study.
  • Priority is then given based on course of study (prioritising Masters level students) and then on a first-come-first served basis.

Priority Departments

These are the Departments which contribute to the SSRMP by providing teaching for our programme:

  • Criminology (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Education (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Geography (School of Physical Sciences)
  • History (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Land Economy (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Linguistics (School of Arts and Humanities)
  • Music (School of Arts and Humanities)
  • Politics and International Studies (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Social Anthropology (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Psychology (School of Biological Sciences)
  • Sociology (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)


Fees for Non-Participating Departments and Organisations

To attend SSRMP modules, staff and students from non-participating departments and organisations at the University of Cambridge must pay a fee for each module that they take. 

If you are a student from the School of Clinical Medicine, Clinical Medicine, we will place your booking on hold until we are provided with payment for your module booking. NB. Clinical Medicine has its own dedicated training resources for its students. 

External participants

A limited number of places are available for participants from outside Cambridge University; the exact number of places varies from module to module. More information is available here. Your booking may initially be accepted on a provisional basis; in such cases, your place will be confirmed no later than two weeks before the start of the module

Visiting Scholars

If you are a visiting scholar from another institution, please ensure that you have the appropriate permission from your University of Cambridge host department, to attend our modules, as there is a cost passed on to them for each module you book. 

Oversubscribed modules

If you try to make a booking for a module which is full, you will get an email saying you are on the waiting list. If a space becomes available, you will get another email offering you a place. You must accept the place by clicking on the link in the email within 24 hours; if you don’t confirm within this time, you will lose the place and it will go to the next person on the waiting list.

Participants who are not in a Tier 1 Department may occasionally have a booking relegated to the waiting list, even though the booking had previously been confirmed.

What is the SSRMP?

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

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

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership