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Social Sciences Research Methods Programme | SSRMP


Resources at the University of Cambridge...

AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership | AHRC DTP

Social scientists may be interested in the training offered by the University's AHRC-funded DTP. Check their list of Open Access Courses to see which events are open to students outside the School of Arts and Humanities.

ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership | ESRC DTP

Cambridge University's ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership provides a full programme of events and training. Almost all of these are open to students across the social sciences, not just ESRC-funded students.

Cambridge Statistics Clinic 

A consulting service offering free advice to faculty members, staff, postdocs and graduate students, for thorny statistical problems at any stage of research and data analysis.

Nb. Students taking statistics courses should understand that this is NOT a teaching/supervision service.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an online learning resource available for the staff and students of the University of Cambridge and its colleges.
Visit the LinkedIn Learning Hub for information about getting started and recommended courses.

University Information Service | UIS

Provides several useful courses, usually including courses in software packages.

Researcher Development Programme | RDP

The Researcher Development team provides a range of professional development programmes for doctoral students and postdocs, with particular emphasis on completing the dissertation and writing, navigating the academic landscape, working relationships, and leadership. There are bespoke programmes for researchers in the humanities & social sciences or STEMM, as well as interdisciplinary sessions open to all.

Centre for Teaching & Learning | CCTL

The Cambridge Centre for Teaching & Learning (CCTL) provides specialist educational development support across the collegiate University. This includes courses for new supervisors of undergraduates and postgraduates, the Teaching Associate Programme leading to accreditation by the Higher Education Academy, and the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education.

MRC Biostatistics Unit

The MRC Biostatistics Unit often offer short courses (£) throughout the year.
For further details about all the courses and to register:
For enquiries, contact the BSU Courses Administrator via:


Resources at external organisations...

The organisations below are key resources, which provide specialist methods training which complements our own programme. Please note that the SSRMP can't take responsibility for the content or quality of any external courses.

The Administrative Data Research Network enables accredited researchers to access securely held de-identified linked administrative data for research that has potential benefit to society.


The Census and Administrative data Longitudinal Studies Hub enables researchers to access census based longitudinal data selected from census records over time as well as linked material  from other administrative datasets (such as health data).

CLOSER supports the use of longitudinal research. Key resources include reading lists and summaries of findings, and a search portal to help find out what data has been collected across all nine studies in the CLOSER partnership.

  The UK Data Archive is the UK's top repository for all kinds of data: cross-sectional, longitudinal, UK-based, and international. If you need data for your research, the UKDA should be your first port of call.
They also have a range of online training modules: Introductory Data Skills: Training modules from the UK Data Archive

The UK Data Service: provides access to a collection of over 6,000 high quality socio-economic data sets.  It supports data users and works to improve data management.

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) manages four British cohort studies: the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study, Next Steps, and the Millennium Cohort Study.

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) aims to drive forward methodological development and innovation through a programme of training and events, increasing the quality and range of approaches used by social scientists.

Understanding Society is a major longitudinal survey of around 40,000 UK households. The site contains information on the survey, as well as research articles, reports and policy briefings based on this survey.

The following websites may also be of interest:

Postgraduate Summer Schools:

University of Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis
LSE Summer School in Research Methods, Data Science, and Mathematics
University of Birmingham Statistics for Linguists Summer School