Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Methods and Skills (PGCARMS) modules

The following list shows the range of PGCARMS accredited modules that are available for eligible postgraduate researchers. To find further details, including learning outcomes and assessment criteria on any of the below modules please contact stating the title of the module(s) in which you are interested. 

Please note: modules are subject to change or withdrawal. Please contact the University Graduate School on the address above if you have any concerns about the availability of modules.

Compulsory modules

  • Self Reflective Portfolio [10 credits] (compulsory for those registered onto the programme prior to the 2016/17 academic year and available as an optional module thereafter)

For BBSRC-funded students registered on the MIBTP programme prior to the 2016/17 academic year, the following modules are also compulsory:

  • Basic Quantitative Skills for Systems Biology [10 credits]
  • Professional Internship Placement (PIP) [10 credits]*
  • Team Work and Collaborative Working Skills [10 credits]
  • Statistics for Scientists Including Programming R [10 credits]

For BBSRC-funded students registered on the MIBTP programme from the 2016/17 academic year onwards, the following modules are compulsory:

  • Quantitative Skills for Systems Biology  [30 credits]
  • Professional Internship Placement (PIP) [10 credits]
  • Team Work and Collaborative Working Skills [10 credits]

*Please note that iCASE students will be able to use their industrial placement for their PIP module.

Optional modules

Advanced research methods

  • Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (NVivo) [10 credits]
  • Advanced Research Training in Econometrics [20 credits]
  • Advanced Research Training in Macroeconomics [20 credits]
  • Advanced Research Training in Microeconomics [20 credits]
  • Approach to Research on Discourse [10 credits]
  • Case Study Research Design [10 credits]
  • Introduction to Programming [10 credits]
  • Design & Analysis 2 [10 credits]
  • Documentary Research in Education [10 credits]
  • Foundations in Qualitative Research [20 credits]
  • Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods [20 credits]
  • Fundamentals in Brain Imaging [10 credits]
  • Introduction to Econometric Software [10 credits]
  • Introduction to Time Series Regression [10 credits]
  • Multivariate Linear to Logistic Regression [10 credits]
  • Narrative Research [10 credits]
  • Natural Resource Economics [10 credits]
  • Philosphy of Social Science Research [20 credits]
  • Policy Evaluation [10 credits]
  • Q Methodology [10 credits]
  • Questionnaire Design [10 credits]
  • Research Design, Practice and Ethics [20 credits]
  • Researching Disability [10 credits]
  • Visual Research Methods [10 credits]
  • Introduction to Causal Inference [10 credits]
  • Regression with Categorical Dependent Variables [10 credits]
  • Advanced Qualitative Interviewing [10 credits]

Advanced transferable skills

  • Advanced Language Training [10 or 20 credits]
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Skills for Researchers – Postgraduate Enterprise Summer School [10 credits]
  • Introduction to Academic Practice [20 credits]
  • Introduction to Managing your Research Project [10 credits]
  • Research Communication and Public Engagement Skills [10 credits]
  • Placement [10 or 20 credits]
  • Summer School Advanced Experimental Learning [10 credits]
  • Self Reflective Portfolio [10 credits]


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