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How to Write your Methodology Chapter

4th May 2023 - 5th May 2023

Organised by NCRM, University of Southampton
Presenter Dr Patrick Brindle
Date 4 May 2023
Venue Online
Contact Jacqui Thorp
Training and Capacity Building Co-Ordinator
National Centre for Research Methods
University of Southampton
Email: [email protected]
Description This online workshop aims to give participants a range of practical approaches they can adopt when writing about methodology in the social sciences, with a particular focus on writing a PhD methodology chapter. Using a range of exercises throughout, the course focuses on 20 or so writing strategies and thought experiments designed to provide more clarity and power to the often-difficult challenge of writing about methods. The course also looks at common mistakes and how to avoid them when writing about methods. The focus throughout is on building confidence and increasing our repertoire of writing strategies and skills.

The course covers:

  • A range of practical writing strategies for handling methodology
  • The challenges of writing a PhD methodology chapter or a methods section in a research paper
  • Writing for qualitative and quantitative research approaches
  • Understanding different audiences and the needs of different academic markets

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Better understand who and what ‘methodology writing’ is for
  • Know the differences and similarities between PhD methods chapters, research paper methods sections and methods books
  • Understand and reflect on 20+ principles (or starting points) of best practice in methodology writing
  • Focus writing on audience needs and expectations
  • Be aware of common mistakes and misunderstandings and so avoid them
  • Reflect on the relationship between methodology writing and other parts of your manuscript
  • To develop learning and best practice through exercises and examples

This course is aimed at PhD students, post-docs and junior researchers in the social sciences working on their doctoral theses or supervising doctoral students.


09:15                Log in to zoom

09:30                Seminar

11:00                Coffee Break

12:30                Close of Seminar

13:30-15:30       Time devoted to workbook exercises offline

15:30-16:30       Q&A and exercise feedback with Patrick

Level Intermediate (some prior knowledge)
Cost The fee per teaching day is:• £30 per day for registered students• £60 per day for staff at academic institutions, Research Councils researchers, public sector staff, staff at registered charity organisations and recognised research institutions. • £100 per day for all other participants.
Website and registration https://go.soton.ac.uk/ewy
Region South East
Keywords Writing Skills, Writing Skills, Publishing , Thesis writing , Dissemination , Communication , Writing research papers
Related publications and presentations Writing Skills


4th May 2023
5th May 2023
Event Category:


Online event
NINE DTP - a collaborative partnership funded by the ESRC