Day courses in social research

We run a programme of training events and seminars throughout the year. Our events are designed to support the development of social research skills and techniques. They are led by expert methodologists, researchers and lecturers working in, or affiliated with, the department of Sociology at the University of Surrey.

Upcoming courses

Our events are grouped by type as follows:

  • Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS) training
  • Methodological Seminars
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Managing and Disseminating Research

We can also arrange to run training courses and events at your institution, please contact us to discuss further (see below). 


We have been running  short courses for social researchers since 1981. We are located within the highly reputed Sociology Department at the University of Surrey, UK, which has an international reputation as a centre of excellence in both research and teaching. 

We administer events run by the CAQDAS (Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis) Networking Project . These can be accessed through the Events calendar to the left, but visit the CAQDAS website for support materials and further resources concerning the use of software in qualitative and mixed methods research.  In May 2014, we celebrated 25 years of CAQDAS.  See  CAQDAS 2014 Conference: Past, present and future: 25 years of CAQDAS  1st – 3rd May 2014 for presentations from that Conference.

The Sociology department also houses the Centre for Research on Social Simulation (CRESS),  is associated with the ESRC's Resource Centre for Applied Social Surveys (CASS), and publishes Social Research Update, a quarterly for social researchers. In the 2008 RAE the department was ranked joint 6th out of all the Sociology departments in the UK. As a result, our courses and workshops are run by experts in the field.

Contact us

  • Course Administrator
    Day Courses in Social Research
    Department of Sociology
    University of Surrey
    GU2 7XH
  • +44 (0)1483 689458