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Oxford Spring School in Advanced Research Methods

Our hybrid Oxford Spring School in Advanced Research Methods offers graduate students and researchers from universities across the UK and abroad a unique opportunity to learn cutting-edge methods in Social Science.

2023 is the Oxford Spring School’s 20th Anniversary and we are excited to be offering a new core course and a full morning programme of additional research methodology classes. Following the success of our virtual Spring School in recent years, we are excited that 2023 will be the first hybrid Spring School, catering for both in-person and online attendees. 

The week-long Spring School programme is organised by the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and consists of five courses in quantitative and qualitative methods. Participants who choose to attend one of these courses will also be invited to attend additional research methodology classes along with the full Spring School cohort in the mornings.

Spring School 2023 will run Monday 27 to Friday 31 March 2023, 9am - 5pm BST (with a slightly later start on the first day), both in-person and online.

Refreshments, lunch, a welcome reception, and a college reception is included for in-person participants. Online participants will have their own virtual welcome reception and networking opportunities.

See below testimonials from previous Spring School participants.

Anonymous Feedback from the Virtual Spring School 2022:

"I would like to thank Spyros, the teachers, and the support team for Spring School 2022 and putting the event together. I have enjoyed the week very much and learned much about useful methods of analysing text. The interactions with the teachers and fellow students was excellent!"

"Aside from words of gratitude to the instructor and the admin support team, a special huge thanks to Leonardo for the great refresher course and alerting us to the pitfalls of R and tidyverse. Great course! Thank you!"

Giuseppe Paparella, Spring School 2018

Doctoral candidate, King's College London

"The Oxford Spring School in Advanced Research Methods, which I attended in 2018, has been an excellent opportunity to build on my existing training in comparative case studies and to develop a broader and more sophisticated skillset. Especially with regards to process-tracing, and thanks to the inputs collected during the School’s lectures and informal sessions, I have been able to develop a better articulated and more precise theoretical framework for my doctoral project, as well as to refine its methodology. Importantly, the School’s faculty - which directly draws from the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford - is a real plus as it gathers scholars consistently published across the top academic journals, giving attendants a unique glimpse into the rigorous methodological processes required to generate first-rate research. Last but not least, the School has allowed me to explore new ideas and approaches, which I plan to develop and employ in future projects, and to meet other PhD students and ECRs from different research institutions across the world. I would definitely recommend to attend the Oxford Spring School in Advanced Research Methods to anybody considering it."