Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Advanced Training Modules


Our Advanced Training improves the quality of PhD work, creates networking opportunities regionally and nationally, and brings cutting-edge expert knowledge to the heart of doctoral training.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take these modules?

Students registered at the University of Nottingham:

Students need to be registered on a research track masters (i.e. the MSSR or similar) or a PhD programme in a School which hosts a DTP pathway. The exception is the 'Other Specialist Modules' as labelled in the module guide: as these modules come from taught masters programmes. Students wishing to take these modules should check with the offering School in the first instance.

Students not registered at the University of Nottingham:

Students registered elsewhere must be an ESRC-funded student with the Midlands Graduate School.

However we do have an extensive programme of events which are open to all. More information can be found at the bottom of this web page.


Where can I find the timetable?

Registered students can view their individual timetables here

If you'd like to check the timetable before you enrol on a module, there is a link to view the module timetables on the online module enrolment form. Once you are registered on a module you will be able to view timings via your individual timetables.


I'm a student registered at the University of Nottingham, how do I enrol on one of these modules?

Before you register: please bear in mind that you cannot audit these modules. You must enrol formally and take the assignment. If you'd like to go ahead and enrol, please see instructions from Student Services, here.

I'm a Midlands Graduate School ESRC student registered at one of the other Universities (Birmingham, Warwick, Aston, Leicester, Loughborough). How do I enrol on one of these modules?

Please visit this MGS web page for more information and to enrol.


I have a question that hasn't been answered here.

Please email for further advice.

Nottingham ESRC DTP Core Training Modules

Core Modules

 Code Title Credits

Philosophy of Social Science Research

Module Guide | Reading List

Research Design, Practice and Ethics

Module Guide | Reading List

Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods

Module Guide | Reading List

Foundations in Qualitative Research

Module Guide | Reading List

Nottingham ESRC DTP Advanced Training Modules

Advanced Modules (click on the names below for further details)

NURS4115 Contemporary Policy Debates in Healthcare 10
NURS4015 Principles and Processes of Comprehensive Systematic Review 10
NURS4014 Evaluating Interventions, Services and Health and Social Care 10
NURS4049 Mixed Methods in Health Research 10
  Social Epidemiology: theories and methods for understanding the social determinants of health - - not offered in 2019-20 10
SOCI4063 Doing Ethnography 10
SOCI4064 Researching Media, Culture & Society 10
NURS4072/5 Individual & Group Interviews 10
  Measurement Models - not offered in 2019-20  
POLI4123 Structural Equation Modelling 10
ENGL4158 Corpus Linguistics 10


Research Methods in Human Rights 20
SOCI4068 Archival Methods 10
POLI4130 Intermediate Quantitative Analysis 10


Advanced Methods in Psychology 20
PSGY4013 Analytical Research Methods 10
M34175 Children and Research - not offered in 2019-20  
  Analysing Verbal and Visual Interaction - not offered in 2019-20  
SOCI4075 Researching Public Policy and Management  10
  Mixed Methodology in Social Research - not offered in 2019-20  

Other Specialist Modules offered by Schools and Departments

Other Specialist Modules offered by Schools and Departments

SOCI4069 Investigating Social Policy 20
SOCI4071 Science, Technology and Society 20
SOCI4005 Researching the Social: Contemporary Debates in Sociology 20
SOCW4008 Contemporary Issues and Debates in Social Work 20
  Geographical Research Methods - not offered in 2019-20 20
GEOG4050 Critical Human Geography 10
  Innovation and Society - not offered in 2019-20 20
SOCI4074 Advanced Topics in Science, Technology and Society 20
  Space and Social Theory - not offered in 2019-20  

Advanced Training elsewhere in the Consortium (ESRC-funded students only)

In addition to their home institution offering, ESRC-funded students will have the option to take advanced training across the consortium. Examples include Digital Methods and Big Social Data (Warwick), Q-Methodology, A Systematic Approach for Interpretive Research Design (Birmingham); and Methodological Implications of Critical Realism (Loughborough). 

Further information can be found here.


Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

University Park

telephone: +44 (0) 115 748 4507