A Beginner's Guide to Quantitative Research

Years: 1,2,3


This session will provide a conceptual and methodological introduction to quantitative research, which may be of particular use to PGR students considering the use of quantitative methods and analyses for the first time, or who feel in need of a ‘friendly’ and straightforward refresher session.

Important quantitative concepts such as variables, hypotheses, probability (and p values), reliability, validity, and Type 1 and 2 errors will be defined and a tour will subsequently be taken through a range of statistical tests that can be used to examine both significant associations (correlation and regression) and significant differences (including the t-test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, and MANOVA) in your data set.

Each statistical test will be mapped against the kind of research questions/hypotheses it is designed to answer and attendees will be shown how to run each test in principle, to interpret their results/output and to report the findings of each test in an appropriate format. If you’re intending to employ quantitative research techniques in your thesis, but currently feel uncertain about the correct procedure or method of data analysis, this session comes highly recommended.

Access Instructions

Bookings for these online courses are via Bookwhen.

The demand for these courses is high and you are advised to book your place as soon as the booking system goes live.

Information on the booking dates will be circulated by email.

Indicative Student Feedback for this Session

Great! Very helpful indeed!! It's fantastic to be able to see the potential analyses at the same time [and] you made it really interesting too - thank you very much.
- Univ. of East Anglia; Business

Thank you…for organising and presenting this very informative session…on statistical methods. I found it very helpful that you were able to cover a range of statistical tests. The information was communicated in a really accessible way with some very helpful supporting slides. It has given me some ideas about which methods I might need to use in my research. I have found that this lecture has had the unexpected benefit of supporting me to reflect on my research project more generally, including developing my thinking around my hypotheses.
- Surrey

A very useful session - I'm going to work through this again later [using the session recording] to see what I can apply to my own mixed methods research.
- Sussex

Thanks for the offer of accepting questions - I may have a few. Great session and very informative - the clarity between the different methods is very helpful.
- Surrey

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain A of the Vitae Framework: Knowledge and intellectual abilities which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • A1: Knowledge base
  • A2: Cognitive abilities
  • A3: Creativity
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework