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About the 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...

Top reviews


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.


Sep 10, 2019

very good course. The last e-activity was proposal preparation. It will be good if they add something about sampling in reading materials. Very good experience for me.....I will recommend this course

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By Alif A A P

Jun 19, 2020

different, interesting and very effective approach of teaching.

By Endrit N

Jun 02, 2020

This has hepled me a lot becoming a better researcher

Thank you!

By AbdiFatah

Nov 21, 2019

amazing and useful course thank you for offering us this course

By Mohamed O T I

Nov 26, 2018

this course is very helpful for every students and researchers

By Alex Q R

Feb 11, 2017

It's a very good course to understand the research methodology


Jul 16, 2020

excellent.its very good course for budding researcher like us.

By Chayl J F L

Jul 05, 2020

Amazing experience and the learning process was well designed.

By zahira b

May 03, 2020

I am really happy that t found that course i've learned a lot.

By Yerlan U

Feb 11, 2019

The course has real knowledgable value. Well done instructors.

By Mohammad R B H P

May 11, 2020

Excellent. Short but effective course. Learned a lot. Thanks.

By Luis I S M

Apr 14, 2020

Very good course, an excellent review of the research methods

By Sabeena G

Jan 26, 2019

A very good course for all those who are pursuing a research.


Jul 12, 2017

Excelente curso muy provechoso Enhorabuena!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Zahid R P

Jun 11, 2020

Highly Recommended to those which are interested in Research

By Vidisha M

Apr 28, 2020

Good course! I loved the pdf of Chapter 1. Thank you so much

By Apurva S

Sep 10, 2020

Gave me amazing Insights!

Thanks to both the professors <3

By Hira k

Aug 17, 2020

Excellent course, helped me a lot in boosting my knowledge.

By Abdelaziz e

Jun 22, 2020

The course was very useful and I really enjoyed studying it

By Mr D M

May 24, 2020

very helpful course for those whish is very new in research

By Dr. S Y

Nov 22, 2015

This is an excellent course to understand research methods.

By Akhila R

Aug 24, 2020


By Dr.Lakshmi D

Jul 10, 2020

Very good materials are provided by this course instructor

By Satheeskumar S

Jun 14, 2020

Very good course. It is very usefull for research scholars

By Krishna A

Aug 12, 2020

Nicely explained the research background how it will work


Aug 05, 2020

Nice experience listening to various esteemed professors.