Adapting Research Methodologies for Developing Country Conditions: A multidisciplinary module for Ireland-based Doctoral Students


The Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) (in collaboration with the Centre for Global Health) offers an annual training module for Ireland-based PhD students entitled “Adapting Research Methodologies for Developing Country Conditions”.

This is a multidisciplinary training module which aims to provide training in the methodological challenges of conducting research in developing countries and to raise awareness among Ireland-based doctoral students about cross-cutting development issues that shape the research environment.

The module is offered in compressed format each November to post graduate students from any discipline who are conducting research (or preparing for research) in the developing world and/or on topics relating to international development. While the training module is largely aimed at TCD students, a limited number of places will be made available for students from other institutions. For information on the 2014 Module please see the information below.


Module Outline

The module, Adapting Research Methodologies for Developing Country Conditions, will be offered as a series of multi-disciplinary workshops and seminars in a compressed period. Approximately 20 teaching hours will be offered over a week. Teaching will take place during the official TCD Reading Week.

Presentations will address issues that are of common relevance to development researchers from across a wide range of disciplines. These presentations will be developed and delivered by researchers who are active in development-related fields, including politics, economics, health, environment, education, rural development, biological sciences, culture and anthropology, etc. Open and closing sessions will frame the module and will give an overview of the context and issues of relevance and draw together themes in a consistent manner. The core content sessions will address a range of cross-cutting issues relating to the conduct of fieldwork and research in developing countries. Each day will include a workshop focusing on methodological issues and a seminar focusing on contextual development issues. There will be five/six workshops and four seminars in total.

This module is not intended to provide an introduction to research methodology in general, nor to substitute for other (discipline-specific) training that is already on offer. Rather, it aims to provide research students with specific guidance on how to adapt their research methodologies to developing country conditions and prepares them for working in a new and challenging social, political and economic context. By exposing students to a multi-disciplinary environment, it also aims to prepare them for explaining their work to people from diverse backgrounds and to encourage them to reflect on the wider social and political relevance of their work, within a development paradigm. The module will also provide students with the opportunity to interact with experienced researchers and to learn about the most recent research in this area. While the module will address the developing world in general, there will be a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

The module is offered by TIDI, the Trinity International Development Initiative and the CENTRE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH.


To register for this module, please complete the module registration form here:

Teaching Approach

Participants of this training module will be exposed to the following mix of teaching approaches:

  • structured inputs (teaching) 
  • discussion/group work
  • guest presentations 
  • case studies
  • panel discussion drawing together themes and researchers at the end of the week
  • a series of student-led presentations on their work to date or their ideas/what they have learned


Target Audience

The primary audience is postgraduate students in any discipline working on development issues / developing countries, based at TCD or any other Irish higher education institution.



The module is compressed and is offered during the official TCD Reading Week. Each day will include a workshop focusing on methodological issues and a seminar focusing on contextual development issues.


Other information

Attendance and Accreditation:

At a minimum, participants will be provided with a TIDI certificate of attendance. Students are expected to fully attend all the sessions and involvement in discussions in the class. All students who attend a minimum of 75% of the workshops and seminars will receive a TIDI certificate of completion.


The main venue is Class Room 309, 3rd Floor, Centre for Global Health, 7-9 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2, however some parts of the module may be held in other locations.

To view the TCD campus map with directions to the Centre for Global Health, please click here.



Please complete the online form by Friday 31 October. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis until full.


For Further Information Contact:

Module Coordinators, 
Dr. Fiona Larkan & Frederique Vallieres
Tel: +353-1-896- 4373


TIDI Coordinator 
Dawn Quinn
Tel: +353-1-896-3668