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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).

Two students sitting at a laptop

Training

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

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  • A systematic review of sex differences in rough and tumble play across non‑human mammals

    In jointly funded work by the Research Methods Centre and the Institute for Data Science, Catherine Marley, the DRMC funded PhD student, and supervisors have produced this paper.
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  • Durham Research Methods Café is Back!

    Open the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month starting on Thursday 3rd November 2022, 10.00-11.30am
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  • Seminar - AM-Smart Methods

    DRMC have organised the seminar 'AM-Smart Methods: Setting the Vision and Exploring a new Agenda, Opportunities, and Challenges' with Dr. Corey Schimpf and Dr Brian Castellani.
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  • Reproducibility Seminar

    The DRMC have organised a seminar called “On the reproducibility issue: Will psychological science ever exorcise Laplace’s Demon?” with: Professor Christophe Gernigon, Psychology of Sport & Exercise, Professeur des Universités, Laboratoire EuroMov Digital Health in Motion, Equipe Perception in Action & Synchronization (PIAS).
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  • Using Genomic Prediction to Detect Microevolutionary Change of a Quantitative Trait

    Detecting microevolutionary responses to natural selection by observing temporal changes in individual breeding values is challenging. Our Statistician, Bilal Ashraf has recently been involved in producing this interesting paper.
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  • ReproHack @ Durham University

    In collaboration with the University’s Advanced Research Computing, Durham RIOTs, and the Research Data Management Teams, we’re running a half-day ReproHack event on Thursday 19th May 2022, 9.30am-2.30pm. The event will be registered with the international ReproHack Hub. (This event is only open for Durham University staff and research students ONLY)
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  • DRMC Bulletin Epiphany Term 2022

    We would like to share our most recent Bulletin. In this issue we have outlined the new focus for DRMC, highlighted a new Research Café event, Reprohack and provided updates on the Biostatistics Unit and our MA in Research Methods.
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Durham Research Methods Café is Back!

Open the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month starting on Thursday 3rd November 2022, 10.00-11.30am
Birds eye view of 6 coffee cups filled with different types of coffee and a hand on 2 of the handles.

Seminar - AM-Smart Methods

DRMC have organised the seminar 'AM-Smart Methods: Setting the Vision and Exploring a new Agenda, Opportunities, and Challenges' with Dr. Corey Schimpf and Dr Brian Castellani.
Centre of Innovation and Technology Management

Reproducibility Seminar

The DRMC have organised a seminar called “On the reproducibility issue: Will psychological science ever exorcise Laplace’s Demon?” with: Professor Christophe Gernigon, Psychology of Sport & Exercise, Professeur des Universités, Laboratoire EuroMov Digital Health in Motion, Equipe Perception in Action & Synchronization (PIAS).
Psychology Headspace

Using Genomic Prediction to Detect Microevolutionary Change of a Quantitative Trait

Detecting microevolutionary responses to natural selection by observing temporal changes in individual breeding values is challenging. Our Statistician, Bilal Ashraf has recently been involved in producing this interesting paper.
Yorkshire Sunset on rocks and fields in the distance

ReproHack @ Durham University

In collaboration with the University’s Advanced Research Computing, Durham RIOTs, and the Research Data Management Teams, we’re running a half-day ReproHack event on Thursday 19th May 2022, 9.30am-2.30pm. The event will be registered with the international ReproHack Hub. (This event is only open for Durham University staff and research students ONLY)
Two people looking at a computer

DRMC Bulletin Epiphany Term 2022

We would like to share our most recent Bulletin. In this issue we have outlined the new focus for DRMC, highlighted a new Research Café event, Reprohack and provided updates on the Biostatistics Unit and our MA in Research Methods.
Blackboard with equations and formulas written on in chalk

Durham Research Methods Café is Back!

Open the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month starting on Thursday 3rd November 2022, 10.00-11.30am
Birds eye view of 6 coffee cups filled with different types of coffee and a hand on 2 of the handles.

Seminar - AM-Smart Methods

DRMC have organised the seminar 'AM-Smart Methods: Setting the Vision and Exploring a new Agenda, Opportunities, and Challenges' with Dr. Corey Schimpf and Dr Brian Castellani.
Centre of Innovation and Technology Management

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