Professor Martyn Denscombe


Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Business School


Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2506831




Personal profile

Martyn Denscombe is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Policy, having formerly been Professor of Social Research. He is currently a member of the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee. Until 2011 he was Head of Research Students in the Faculty of Business and Law and was Vice Chair of the University’s Higher Degrees Committee. He has also been Chair of the University’s Research Training Committee.

He studied sociology and trained as a teacher at the University of London (Goldsmiths’) before completing a PhD on the Social Organization of Teaching at the University of Leicester.

Martyn Denscombe specialises in teaching research methodology at postgraduate level and is the author of a bestselling research methods text book The Good Research Guide , as well as Research Proposals and Ground Rules for Social Research (all published by Open University Press).  He also produced the highly successful Sociology Update series annually from 1982-2006. 

Research group affiliations

Health Policy Research Unit

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

His research interests include research methodology, where his recent empirical investigations have covered issues in mixed methods research and internet surveys. He also conducts research in the areas of risk perception and health-related behaviour, focusing in particular on the use of tobacco by young people. 

Areas of teaching

PhD  - Research Methods Training Programme

Masters in Business Administration  -  Research Methodology 

MSc International Business and Management    -  Research Methodology

MSc Management   - Research Methodology


BSc (Hons) Sociology  University of London (Goldsmiths')  1970

PGCE Social Studies  University of London (Goldsmiths')  1971

PhD in Sociology  University of Leicester  1977

Membership of professional associations and societies

Institute of Health Promotion & Education 1996 -

(National Council Member 1997 -2001)          

Professional esteem indicators

Current editorial board membership

Social Science Computer Review (2011 - )

International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches (2006- )

Health, Risk and Society (1999- )

Previous editorial board membership

Health Education Research (1997-2008 )

Sociological Research Online (2005- 2009)

International Journal of Health Promotion and Education(1998-2003)

British Educational Research Journal (1995-1999)

Health Education Journal (1997-2010)

Current external examiner

MSc in Social Research, University of Leicester.

MA in Contemporary Sociology, University of Leicester.

PhD Examining

More than 15

PhD Supervision

Supervised 14 PhDs and 4 MPhils through to successful completion.


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