SENSS training

We offer a variety of training sessions, delivered and designed by leading internationally acclaimed academics and trainers across the social sciences. 

Most of our workshops are offered to an interdisciplinary audience; this is by design. We believe the opportunity to meet research students from outside your normal discipline who you might not otherwise encounter is extremely valuable. In delivering these workshops, we have seen repeatedly that differing perspectives on a general problem or issue can often lead to an interesting solution that you might not have considered.

Depending on the subject matter, some workshops are offered to specific disciplines or to a disciplinary range. Please see individual course descriptions for information regarding fees and course eligibility.

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You can find out more about SENSS on their website

The following modules are offered by the School of Economics and are strictly available to internal PhD/ SeNSS students only.

First year modules:

Semester one

  • Advanced Econometrics 1
  • Advanced Macroeconomics 1
  • Advanced Microeconomics 1

Semester two

  • Advanced Econometrics 2
  • Advanced Macroeconomics 2
  • Advanced Microeconomics 2

Second year modules:

Semester one

  • PhD Specialisation Unit
  • PhD Specialisation Unit
  • Research Proposal 1
  • Introduction to Research 1

Semester two

  • PhD Specialisation Unit
  • PhD Specialisation Unit
  • Research Proposal 2
  • Introduction to Research 2

For more information, please visit Economics PhD page.

Presenting is a crucial skill for researchers, yet it is often something that even experienced scholars struggle with. This interactive workshop is designed for people who already have some experience of presenting and the basic principles involved, but would like to develop their skills in this area to a higher level.

This workshop provides the opportunity for practical experience of presenting within a supportive environment. During the workshop, you will be given time to design and deliver a short (5-10 minutes) presentation to a small audience comprised of your fellow researchers.

If you have a specific presentation that you are currently working on (e.g. for a forthcoming conference), then you can use the session to practice for it (bring your memory stick if you would like to use your own slides).

Alternatively, if you are looking to gain some general practice, the facilitators will help you to develop a presentation on the day based on your own research. The presentation may address a basic topic related to your research (e.g. ‘The inspiration for my research’)


Free to Surrey postgraduates (and Surrey staff) and free to PGRs in Surrey doctoral training partnership institutions.

Across all disciplines (and within) there are varying views of what research is. These views form what are known as ‘research paradigms’, entailing a variety of epistemological (study of knowledge) and ontological (study of being) assumptions that ultimately underpin and guide how we carry out research (method).

Such assumptions and the terminologies relating to them often remain tacit, hidden or unacknowledged. This can and often does result in inability to understand the significance of one’s own research, the research of others and the broader intellectual context in which both are situated. In a time where interdisciplinary work is increasingly encouraged across the Higher Education sector, such understanding and contextualisation is all the more important.

This workshop series offers an accessible and stimulating introduction to the notion of a research paradigm, the various established paradigms in use (e.g. ‘positivism’, ‘constructivism’, ‘pragmatism’), and all related terminology (e.g. ‘ontology’, ‘epistemology’) and their relation to/ application as research methods.


Free to Surrey postgraduates (and Surrey staff) and free to PGRs in Surrey doctoral training partnership institutions.

It is often difficult to find the time and space to devote to writing. Therefore, we are offering an intensive writing weekend aimed at researchers (students or staff) who would like to benefit from a supported environment to assist in the progression of a piece of writing. Support, mentoring and motivation (!) will be available from senior academics, the academic writing tutor, and the Researcher Development Programme team. This is an excellent opportunity to progress with thesis chapters, journal articles, funding bids, confirmation reports, or PhD proposals, away from the distractions of everyday life.


Free to Surrey postgraduates (and Surrey staff) and free to PGRs in Surrey doctoral training partnership institutions.

This workshop is a precursor to any statistical calculations, designed for people with little or no statistical background, or anyone who feels they could use a basic refresher. It will cover basic definitions and key concepts to guide researchers in thinking about their own data. The workshop aims to: (1) provide clear understanding of statistical language and concepts acting as a springboard to other, more advanced, statistics training either through textbooks or workshops, (2) help build researcher confidence in using statistics, (3) create a community of researchers thinking statistically throughout the research process. The workshop will not: (1) provide practical training on various statistical methods (i.e. no SPSS is used), (2) involve any math.  


Free to Surrey postgraduates (and Surrey staff) and free to PGRs in Surrey doctoral training partnership institutions.

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