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 pgcarms@contacts.bham.ac.uk 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]

Optional modules

Advanced research methods

  • Advanced Research Training in Econometrics [20 credits]
  • Advanced Research Training in Macroeconomics [20 credits]
  • Advanced Research Training in Microeconomics [20 credits]
  • Analysing Hierarchical Panel Data [10 credits]
  • Approach to Research on Discourse [10 credits]
  • Bespoke Research Training in Psychology [10 credits]
  • Case Study Research Design [10 credits]
  • Design & Analysis 1 [10 credits]
  • Design & Analysis 2 [10 credits]
  • Documentary Research in Education, History & the Social Sciences [10 credits]
  • Environmental Analysis and Modelling [20 credits]
  • Factor Analysis [10 credits]
  • From Multiple Linear to Logistic Regression [10 credits]
  • Fundamentals in Brain Imaging [10 credits]
  • Introduction to Econometric Software [10 credits]
  • Introduction to Time Series Regression [10 credits]
  • Matlab Programming [ 10 credits]
  • Narrative Research [10 credits]
  • Natural Resource Economics [10 credits]
  • Policy Evaluation [10 credits]
  • Public Engagement for Researchers (LES) [10 credits]
  • Q Methodology – A Systematic Approach for Interpretative Research Design [10 credits]
  • Research Design [20 credits]
  • Researching Disability [10 credits]
  • Research Methods and Skills: Training (Palaeography) [10 credits]
  • Role of Thinking: Philosophy of Social Research [10 credits]
  • Social Research Methods 1 [20 credits]
  • Visual Research Methods [10 credits]

Advanced transferable skills

  • Advanced Language Training [10 or 20 credits]
  • Coniston ESRC [10 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]
  • Introduction to Public Engagement for Postgraduate Researchers [10 credits]
  • Placement [10 credits]
  • Summer School Advanced Experimental Learning [10 credits]
  • Self Reflective Portfolio [10 credits]