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Welcome to the Durham Research Methods Centre

The Durham Research Methods Centre is hosted by the Social Science and Health Faculty. The Centre provides an interdisciplinary environment for the development of research methods and for methods training. Activities are co-ordinated by a team of Core Staff, and delivered by over 40 DRMC Fellows. 

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Innovative research Developed with external partners and colleagues from across the University
Wide expertise of scholars and non-academic partners
Inter-disciplinary environment for the development of research methods and for methods training
Engaged community of students and staff

Study with us

  • Postgraduate study

    We run interdisciplinary MA and PGcert programmes in social research methods and we are launching new cross-faculty Masters in Data Science (social analytics) and Masters in Data Science (Health).

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  • Training

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

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Postgraduate study

We run interdisciplinary MA and PGcert programmes in social research methods and we are launching new cross-faculty Masters in Data Science (social analytics) and Masters in Data Science (Health).

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Training

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

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I would highly recommend MA Research Methods in Education, especially for students who are planning to enhance their experience and knowledge of research in education and plan to do a PhD. It is an excellent programme even for those who want to know the nature and value of evidence in education research. I gained a thorough understanding of research methods and learnt a lot of practical skills to do research. The great strength of the programme was its interdisciplinary nature, which meant that we were able to take courses from different departments and to meet students and teachers from different disciplines.

Miao Li
MA Research Methods (Education) Student

What's new?

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DRMC Bulletin Michaelmas Term December 23

We would like to share our most recent bulletin. In this Issue we will look back at the last term including a seminar from Dr Lasse Gerrits; details of the new DRMC advisory board; information about the University's collaboration with Durham County Council; The Biostatistics Unit Work; the Research Methods Café conversations and the conversations blog; and information about the upcoming Agent-Based Modelling training course.
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Upcoming Seminar - Tracking Transformations over Time

DRMC are pleased to announce that Dr Lasse Gerrits from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam will be visiting us in October and giving a seminar on Tuesday 17th October, 1-3pm titled “Tracking Transformations over Time”!
Head & shoulder shot of Lasse Gerrits speaking at a podium

Durham Research Methods Café restarting in October!

The Research Methods Café will be starting up again every other Wednesday from 11th October 2023, 1100-1230.
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Welcoming New DRMC Fellows!

Durham Research Methods Centre are pleased to be able to introduce some new DRMC Fellows!
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The Voting is Over and the Results Are In!!! DRMC's Picturing Research Competition

Durham Research Methods Centre are pleased to be able to announce the winners of the first Picturing Research Competition 2023!!
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We have joined the new £4.17m Digital Health Hub ‘NortHFutures’

We are part of a ground-breaking £4.17m Digital Health Hub for the North East and Cumbria, in collaboration with five universities and seven NHS trusts.
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  • Upcoming Book Launch for Dr Keming Yang

    DRMC are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Book Launch for Dr Keming Yang’s new book ‘Analysing Intersectionality: A toolbox of methods’ on Wednesday 28th February 2024 at 4.30pm.
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  • DRMC Bulletin Michaelmas Term December 23

    We would like to share our most recent bulletin. In this Issue we will look back at the last term including a seminar from Dr Lasse Gerrits; details of the new DRMC advisory board; information about the University's collaboration with Durham County Council; The Biostatistics Unit Work; the Research Methods Café conversations and the conversations blog; and information about the upcoming Agent-Based Modelling training course.
    Durham Cathedral in the snow
  • Upcoming Seminar - Tracking Transformations over Time

    DRMC are pleased to announce that Dr Lasse Gerrits from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam will be visiting us in October and giving a seminar on Tuesday 17th October, 1-3pm titled “Tracking Transformations over Time”!
    Head & shoulder shot of Lasse Gerrits speaking at a podium

DRMC Bulletin Michaelmas Term December 23

We would like to share our most recent bulletin. In this Issue we will look back at the last term including a seminar from Dr Lasse Gerrits; details of the new DRMC advisory board; information about the University's collaboration with Durham County Council; The Biostatistics Unit Work; the Research Methods Café conversations and the conversations blog; and information about the upcoming Agent-Based Modelling training course.
Durham Cathedral in the snow

Upcoming Seminar - Tracking Transformations over Time

DRMC are pleased to announce that Dr Lasse Gerrits from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam will be visiting us in October and giving a seminar on Tuesday 17th October, 1-3pm titled “Tracking Transformations over Time”!
Head & shoulder shot of Lasse Gerrits speaking at a podium

Blogs and social media

Hear from members of our Research Methods Centre

Highlights

On Complex Open Systems

Sorina Avadanei is a MSc candidate in Sustainability, Energy and Development in the Anthropology Department, working on a dissertation on the post-industrial phenomenon in Eastern Europe.
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Sharing Best Data and Project Management Practices for Organising Data and Avoiding Digital Clutter

Michelle de Gruchy is a postdoctoral research assistant on the Climate, Landscape, Settlement and Society (CLaSS) Project in the Archaeology Department.
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Get in Touch

Enquiries about Research Methods Centre should be sent via the email below.

Durham Research Methods Centre

Faculty of Social Sciences & Health
Arthur Holmes Building
Durham University
Durham
DH1 3LE
UK