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Understanding Research Methods, University of London

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About this Course

This MOOC is about demystifying research and research methods. It will outline the fundamentals of doing research, aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at the postgraduate level. It places the student experience at the centre of our endeavours by engaging learners in a range of robust and challenging discussions and exercises befitting SOAS, University of London's status as a research-intensive university and its rich research heritage. The course will appeal to those of you who require an understanding of research approaches and skills, and importantly an ability to deploy them in your studies or in your professional lives. In particular, this course will aid those of you who have to conduct research as part of your postgraduate studies but do not perhaps have access to research methods courses, or for those of you who feel you would like additional support for self-improvement. No prior knowledge or experience in research is required to take this course and as such, the course is for everyone. This MOOC draws on a wealth of existing course material developed to support research training across SOAS, University of London and particularly drawing from the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD). In 2015, the course was nominated for the prestigious Guardian University Award for its innovative approach to online learning. Participation in or completion of this online course will not confer academic credit for University of London programmes...

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Jul 27, 2017

This is wonderful course especially for research scholars, one suggestion is instead of giving articles from books, please provide a PPT which will be more effective ! thank you for wonderful session.


Jan 25, 2017

I got to learn a lot about various research methods which i did not know previously. The timing of presentation of various ideas was excellent. Reviewing classmates was a good learning experience.

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By Guillermo E Pimentel

Dec 09, 2018

Excellent structured! Thank you. I will recommend it!

By norbert boruett

Dec 09, 2018

Great course

By fatma saif albattashi

Dec 09, 2018

thank you very much , i like every thing

By Mahesh babu

Dec 01, 2018


By Meshal Mujaydia Alotaibi

Dec 01, 2018

thank you

By Azizah Ahmad Banafi

Nov 26, 2018

Thank you so much so far ,I will take anther coures .I was excited.

By Mohamed Osman Taha Idris

Nov 26, 2018

this course is very helpful for every students and researchers

By Lexz P. Liberato

Nov 25, 2018

I like this one. It is full of information from great experts in the field.

By Mohamed Okasha

Nov 20, 2018

Excellent course, recommen it for everyone

By ivan flores cruz

Nov 20, 2018

exelente curso, nos muestra las bases para realizar una investigacion