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.

See the Events Calendar to view full list of forthcoming events and training courses.

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Fees depend on your role and status, see information here to ensure you book at the correct rate. 

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

Events vary in length and structure, but all include practical exercises, discussion and instruction. 
They are held on the Stag Hill Campus in Guildford, UK, unless otherwise stated. 

We can also arrange to run training courses and events at your institution. Please contact us to discuss. 

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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.


Course Administrator
Day Courses in Social Research
Department of Sociology
University of Surrey

tel: +44(0)1483 689458

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"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the seminar on visual analysis and how useful it was.  As well as the clear and detailed presentations based on specific projects it was also really helpful to be involved in the more general discussions around methodology within a qualitative analysis context. Very well worth coming along to. Thanks Christina, Sarah and Christine".  Jocelyn Cammack,  Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London (Visual analysis using qualitative software, 30th November 2012)


“Thank you for a fantastic session. It is one of the best software training sessions I have had the pleasure of attending. It was a lovely interplay of method with technique while keeping the focus and making progress with the software” (Robert Galavan, Professor of Strategic Management, School of Business, National University of Ireland Maynooth (MAXQDA Training Workshop, 16-17 January 2013)

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