Our Training and Events

The LISS DTP offers a rich and varied ‘menu’ of training and development opportunities, delivered through its Training Programme and through events organised by the DTP and its students. You should also take advantage of the many opportunities provided by other organisations:  both these and LISS DTP events are advertised on our Events page.

On this page you will find information and guidance on the training we offer, such as reading groups led by students and/or academics and short courses, spanning areas such as:

  • Social theory & epistemology: Marx & Method, Feminist Methods, Medical Discourses, Transnational Legal Theory, Sociology & Social Theory Reading Group
  • Quantitative methods: Survey Design, Social Network Analysis, Structural Equation Modelling, Panel Data, Geographic Information Systems, Health Economic Evaluation, Introduction to R, Data Handling
  • Qualitative methods: Case Study Methodology, Ethnography in Health Research, Ethnographic Research for Political Analysis, Researching Vulnerable Populations, Narrative Method & Epistemology, Elite Interviews, Narrative Analysis, Qualitative Data Analysis, Visual Methodologies
  • Digital methods & archival research: Producing Research Podcasts, Researching Digital Texts Using Corpus Software
  • Knowledge transfer & co-generation methodologies: Design & Evaluation of Complex Interventions, Reviewing Existing Research

We are open to PhD students using social science methodologies in their research who are also enrolled at King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, or Imperial College London. We ask interested students to complete our registration page, commit to attending the courses onto which they enrol, and give us feedback on their experience once the course is over.

You will find a list of courses that we are likely to run this year in our LISS DTP Handbook 2019-20. A physical copy of this handbook is available from your department administrator or by request to LISS-DTP@kcl.ac.uk. For a definitive list of courses running in each term, we recommend you bookmark this page since we will add new courses throughout the academic year. Below, you will find course outlines arranged by term.

You can find answers to our most commonly-asked questions here on our FAQs page. If you have a question that is not answered on the FAQs page, please do get in touch with the administrative team at liss-dtp@kcl.ac.uk.

Finally, please connect with us via social media. You can find us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. All registered students will receive a curated bi-monthly newsletter with information on one-off events, new courses, and activities from all three institutions.

Course Proposal Form

If you would like to propose a course that you would like to teach or have a suggestion of a course that you would like LISS DTP to run, please complete our Course Proposal form.

Current Students

All of our courses should be booked through our online booking system called ‘SkillsForge‘. If you are a student at Queen Mary or Imperial, you will only get access to the system after you sign up here. King’s students should log into the system using their ‘K’ number and password, as for their email account. All courses have a reference number starting ‘LISS’ and that reference can be found on course outlines. Please quote the reference number if you email us about a course.

Booking Periods in 2019-20

Our courses are available on a first come, first served basis. Booking periods open termly, i.e., you can only book onto autumn term courses during autumn term, etc..

Summer term courses are now open. We are still finalising details for LISS004 and LISS005. We hope to open the remaining courses as soon as the details are confirmed. Please bookmark this page as this is where course outlines will be published first.

All courses offered with LISS DTP will be delivered online until the end of the academic year.

You should visit SkillsForge to book onto our courses. If you aren’t a King’s a student, you will need to register via the LISS DTP Sign up page. Please get in touch if you’re looking for a course but do not see it below in the term sections.


Most events organised by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership – (a Doctoral Training Partnership) – are also open to LISS DTP students. Visit LAHP Events for details.

LISS DTP students can access the extensive range of short courses run by the ESRC’s National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM).

ESRC funded students may also be able to attend courses provided by other ESRC DTPs, subject to availability. The following DTPs are in the London area:

Additional useful information can be found on the ESRC Research Skills and Resources page.

Download a copy of the 2019-20 handbook here

Autumn Term Courses

LISS001 Research Design & Project Evaluation

LISS001b Research Ethics Your Doctoral Project King’s Students only

LISS002 Reviewing the Literature – *PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE*

LISS003 Philosophy of Social Science

LISS007 Conversation AnalysisNew!

LISS202 Queer Theory

LISS232 Qualitative Data Analysis – New dates added

LISS235 Ethnography in Health Research – Reading Group

LISS238 Social Network Analysis

LISS326 Researching Digital Texts with Corpus Tools – Not running this year

LISS336 Security, Ethnography & Discourse

LISS346 Advanced Text Processing – Not running this year

Spring Term Courses

LISS004 Introduction to Qualitative Research

LISS211 Understanding History – How the past is constructed

LISS218 Comparative Case Studies

LISS227 Ethnography Workshop

LISS232 Qualitative Data Analysis – additional dates

LISS235 Ethnography in Health Research – Reading Group

LISS239 GIS – Environmental Geographical Information Systems EnvironmentalUpdated room information

LISS245 Structural Equation Modelling on MPlus

LISS250 Intermediate Quantitative Analysis with SPSS Process – Mediation Moderation

LISS344 Designing and using Focus Groups

LISS347 Media Training

LISS348 Spread Your News

Summer Term Courses

LISS004 Introduction to Qualitative Research

LISS005 Introduction to Quantitative Research

LISS032 Design & Evaluation of Complex Interventions – TBC

LISS201 Concept Formation – TBC

LISS213 Feminist Methods – TBC

LISS235 Ethnography Book Club – TBC

LISS242 Data Management & Manipulation

LISS244 Panel Data – TBC

LISS247 Time Series Econometrics & Dynamic Panels Not running this year

LISS248 Regression Using Categorical Dependent Variables – An introduction using STATA

LISS249 Econometric Methods for Causal Inference

LISS250 Intermediate Quantitative Analysis with SPSS Process – Mediation Moderation

LISS309 Researching Vulnerable Populations

LISS328 Ethics of Clinical Research

Updated 22 May 2020