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Durham University

Durham Research Methods Centre

Courses & Workshops

We run both credit-bearing modules for postgraduate students, and non-credit-bearing courses and workshops for postgraduate students, staff and external partners.

We work closely with University departments and external partners to ensure that methods can be applied appropriately within a given field of study or in cross-disciplinary contexts. Once booking is available, you can click the course title for details and registration. Email suggestions for new course/workshops on any aspect of research methods.


Covid-19 Notice: DRMC courses and workshops running up to September 2020 are postponed or cancelled. Those already registered for a course/workshop will be given the first opportunity to re-register once new dates are established. An online version of the popular R School is currently in development.

R Summer School, August 2019

A 3-day introduction to R for postgraduate students and staff.

The Future of Evidence

16th September 2019. A critical appraisal of robustness, synthesis and generalisability of evidence in social sciences and health.

Writing a Good Data Management Plan

6th Nov 2019, 0930-1200, open to research-active staff and postgraduate research students (non-credit bearing course).

N8 CIR Introductory Events: Digital Humanities & Digital Health

1100-1400, 9th December 2019, van Mildert College, Ustinov Room. Discover more about N8 Computationally Intensive Research, including lunch, some short presentations, case studies and the opportunity to feed into future plans. Register separately for 1100-1300 and 1230-1400.

Education Endowment Analysis Workshop

0930-1630, 10th December 2019, for invited Education Endowment Foundation Evaluators to discuss methodological approaches including multi-site trials. Please contact us if you are working on a piece of interest for the group or would like to guide a discussion in a specific topic.

An Introduction to Linear Regression

A 4-day course covering conceptual foundations for postgraduate research students and research-active staff (non-credit bearing course). This course runs each Thursday through February 2020. Click the link for details.

POSTPONED: R Easter School

24-26th March 2020. A 3-day introduction to R for postgraduate research students and research active staff (non-credit bearing course). Sponsored by NINE DTP with early registration available to NINE DTP graduate students. FULL; REGISTER FOR WAITING LIST.

POSTPONED: An Introduction to Multilevel Modelling in R

A 4-day course for postgraduate research students and research active staff with prior experience using the linear model in R (non-credit bearing course). 11-14 May 2020. Click the link for details and registration.

POSTPONED: Data Conversations: Stories from the Field

Pizza and half-day workshop discussing data management practices in the field, 20th May 2020. Run in collaboration with ESRC-funded NINE DTP and Durham Library. Click the link to Register. Open to postgraduate research students and research-active staff.

POSTPONED: Research Interview Practice

A workshop exploring and sharing practice, for postgraduate research students and research active staff (non-credit bearing workshop). Pencilled in for 13th May 2020 (booking not yet open).

CANCELLED: Info-Gap Theory and its Applications

0900-1620, 3rd June 2020. A non-credit bearing workshop delivered by Prof. Yakov Ben-Haim, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, on a technique to deal with deep uncertainty (a disparity between what is known and what needs to be known) in the context of planning, design and decision problems. Click the link to register.

POSTPONED: Bayesian Summer School 2020

A non-credit bearing course for postgraduate research students and research active staff (non-credit bearing course). Pencilled in for 25-27th August 2020 (booking not yet open). Some prior experience running linear regression models in R is recommended.