Date and Time
27th Aug 2012 09:00 –– 7th Sep 2012 19:30
University of Edinburgh

Two-week Training Course in Quantitative Methods

Part I: 27 August 2012 - 31 August 2012

Part 2: 3 September 2012 - 7 September 2012 

Course Overview:

The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) in collaboration with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) is calling for applications for a fast track introductory and intermediate quantitative methods course. It is aimed at PhD students who are commencing their PhD in the social sciences at a Scottish university in 2012. Successful candidates will take part in a two-week long intensive course that covers two semesters worth of quantitative methods materials and thus gives students the opportunity to apply quantitative methods from an early point in their doctoral research. After successful completion of the full course and an assignment, a certificate of completion will be awarded. The course will end with an open event that provides an introduction to more advanced techniques, which will point students in the direction of more sophisticated forms of analysis that may be undertaken.


Who should attend?

This course is directed at postgraduate research students who study at a Scottish university. Priority will be given to students who are in their first year of the PhD (in particular new, incoming students) in September 2012. However, students in the second year of their PhD and research masters students may also apply, and places will be allocated to them if available after considering first-year PhD students.


Information about the course structure

The course will be taught as an interactive seminar with a mixture of lecture style presentations and direct application of lab-style computer exercises. Throughout the course SPSS will be the software package used. Each day will start with a review session to reflect on the materials from the previous day and will provide ample opportunity for longer practical exercises. Such exercises will comprise a mixture of individual, group and class tasks (a draft program can be accessed here).
No prior knowledge of statistics or the use of SPSS will be assumed. However, some preparatory materials will be circulated which will benefit students who have not worked with quantitative methods before as well as those who have, but may need a refresher. The course is not aimed at students who already are advanced users of quantitative methods in the social sciences.
The course will end with an event open to students, researchers and practitioners from across Scotland focusing on more advanced methods. A variety of approaches will be demonstrated to allow participants to identify appropriate and helpful techniques for applying in their own research. In addition, there will be opportunities for network creation and collaboration with others from a variety of institutions.


Application Process:

There are 20 places available on this course. Places will be allocated following a process of application and priority will be given to students who are in their first year of the PhD in September 2012, who can show that they would benefit from the course with regards to their research and who are willing to take part in both parts of the course. Additionally, the course is aimed to bring together students from a wide range of universities across Scotland.
Participation in the course is free. Coffee breaks and lunches are provided free of charge throughout the course. There are some subsidies for travel and accomodation expenses available for students meeting eligibility criteria (Detailed information on the course structure and funding can be found here).
To apply for the course:
1. Sign up for the event using the link below AND
2. Complete the application form (available from the AQMeN event page) and return together with a copy of your CV, a proof of academic affiliation at a Scottish university in September 2012 (e.g. letter of acceptance, certificate of matriculation or letter from PhD supervisor) and an academic reference letter supporting the application to by 5pm on Friday 15th June.
Successful applicants will be notified by 5pm on Friday, 29th June at the latest.



Students are expected to attend for the full duration of the course (charges of £50/day may be incurred if students do not attend for the full time period applied for, without prior agreement for good reason).


Further information:

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Last updated 6 Nov 2012 12:39pm