National Centre for Research Methods

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) was set up at the University of Southampton in 2004.

NCRM is tasked with
1. increasing the quality and range of methodological approaches used by UK social scientists through a programme of training and capacity building, and
2. driving forward methodological development and innovation through its own research programme.

In 2014, NCRM was recommissioned and Southampton formed a consortium with two further institutions with international reputations in methodological research and training in the social sciences: the universities of Manchester and Edinburgh.

Manchester University has longstanding experience in delivering high quality methodological research and training through the Cathie Marsh Institute, the Methods@Manchester initiative, has hosted two NCRM nodes and the Research Methods Programme.

Our contribution to NCRM is to run advanced short courses and the bursary scheme, and to provide leadership for the autumn school programme and the programme of international visits. We also have two three year research projects funded with the centre – one on survey methods and biosocial data and the other on disclosure risk.

Project website


  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Grant amount


Manchester people

  • Tarani Chandola
  • Mark Elliot
  • Natalie Shlomo
  • Duncan Smith
  • Alexandru Cernat