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ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Social Sciences

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There is a wide range of training available to you as a doctoral student.  Below are the main websites where training is offered in the University.  Please note that for most of this you need to book through an online service but the main providers are listed below. Don't forget to check out the resources available on our online programme Bridging the Gap from Research to Practice - an online training programme for all Postgraduate Social Science Students and look out for the live sessions programme, which are now running in Lent and Easter 2022.

As a DTP student you will be asked to attend a Training and Engagement Day each term at which you will get to meet each other and develop your skills.  I look forward to meeting you there but in the meantime please drop me a line if you have any questions about training - and don't forget to follow us on Twitter!

Alison Harvey
Doctoral Training Manager

Cohort Building Day for 1st years - Monday 5th December 2022

Cohort Building Day for 2nd and 3rd Years - Lent Term 2023 (date to be confirmed)

Cambridge ESRC DTP Induction Programme

Friday 2nd December, 12pm to 12.45pm
Session Four: Budgeting and Planning for additional ESRC DTP funds

Key Information about Doctoral Training

What are the ESRC postgraduate training requirements?


Provided by the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Cambridge ESRC DTP

Bridging the Gap from Research to Practice - an online training programme for all Postgraduate Social Science Students provided by the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences - live training sessions and resources available all year round.

Other University Centrally Provided Training

Central University of Cambridge Training Booking  (RD Online, Careers Service, Open Research, Cambridge Libraries)

Social Science Research Methods Programme

Strategic Research Initiatives/ Networks and Interdisciplinary Research Centres

ESRC DTPs across the UK

Don't forget your Department and College will also offer training - so do check these out



National Centre for Research Methods aims to drive forward methodological development and innovation through a programme of training and events, increasing the quality and range of approaches used by social scientists.

The UK Data Service: provides access to a collection of over 6,000 high quality socio-economic data sets.  It supports data users and works to improve data management.


The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) manages four British cohort studies: the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study, Next Steps, and the Millennium Cohort Study.



CLOSER supports the use of longitudinal research. Key resources include reading lists and summaries of findings, and a search portal to help find out what data has been collected across all nine studies in the CLOSER partnership.


Understanding Society is a major longitudinal survey of around 40,000 UK households. The site contains information on the survey, as well as research articles, reports and policy briefings based on this survey.


The Administrative Data Research Network enables accredited researchers to access securely held de-identified linked administrative data for research that has potential benefit to society.



Census and Administrative data LongitudinaL Studies Hub  enables researchers to access census based longitudinal data selected from census records over time as well as linked material  from other administrative datasets (such as health data).