Social Research Methods

Comprehensive training

This online course in social research methods is specifically tailored to the needs of all those working as social researchers, or wishing to gain skills in this area. The course covers research fundamentals such as how to design research, data collection and analysis, ethics and research governance, and how to write a research proposal.

The course has been written by Professor Nick Fox, and is based on materials used to train over 500 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. With 25 years experience of research, Nick is a leading educationalist, who has taught research methods to students and clinicians at the University of Sheffield since 1993.

Online learning

Training is delivered entirely online. You can start at any time and take as long as you wish to complete the training. Most participants prefer to study one topic a week (approximately two hours study time), spreading it over a twelve-week period.

Course content

There are 12 keynotes, covering the key elements of social research methodology.

  1. Social inquiry and the scientific method.
  2. The research question.
  3. Research designs.
  4. Validity and reliability.
  5. Sampling.
  6. Quantitative data collection.
  7. Quantitative data analysis.
  8. Qualitative data collection.
  9. Qualitative data analysis.
  10. Research ethics and governance.
  11. Writing research proposals/Getting published.
  12. Critical appraisal of research.

Assessment and certification

At the end of the course, you submit a short assignment to Professor Nick Fox, in order to receive the certificate of completion and feedback.


The registration fee for the Social Research Methods course is £250.  This offers exceptionally good value in comparison to equivalent face-to-face courses.


You can take the training at any time, simply click here to apply.

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