Chevron Left
Back to Understanding Research Methods

Learner Reviews & Feedback for Understanding Research Methods by University of London

6,624 ratings

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


May 9, 2022

Really easy to follow and great advice from all the experts! It has helped me organise from the beginning of my dissertation and I feel more comfortable getting started on what is a big project ahead.


Jul 26, 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.

Filter by:

1751 - 1775 of 2,146 Reviews for Understanding Research Methods

By Bamidele O I

Aug 25, 2020

Even though very brief and laconic but this course is well loaded and full of important knowledge for budding scholars

By Edgar C L

May 18, 2018

This is a basic research course. If you don't have any idea on how to conduct a research, this is a good starter pack.

By Inna B

Aug 8, 2016

Interesting course, provides a good insight for beginners. Wish there were more assignments and multi choice quizzes.

By Stacy D

Oct 22, 2021

This was a very useful course. The readings and videos were especially helpful to demystifying the research process

By Enelito E

Mar 31, 2021

This is a best course for novice researcher and aspiring researchers in undergrad, masters, and doctorates. Kudos!


Jun 23, 2020

I liked this course very much especially the e-tivity section. It is one of the best example of learning by doing.

By Dongsheng L

Mar 11, 2018

very helpful for me who are interested in enrolling a PhD program in the near future to learn more about research.

By Julio M M A

Jun 15, 2017

Me pareció buen curso, sin embargo creo que los entrevistados a veces no son claros con lo que intentan transmitir

By Divya M

Aug 22, 2020

It's very good! Now I'm able to understand what is research question and why the crtisim is needed in research.

By Carlos R G

Mar 28, 2019

Right of amount of challenge. Asssignments/Courseworks were good. The Peer-Review Process should be improved.

By Tanya S

Sep 10, 2015

Great set up with attainable and realistic assignments that are relevant and thought provo for a new researcher.

By Maisa B

Oct 13, 2016

Achei q os vídeos não tinham a ver com os artigos para leitura. Os videos poderiam ser um suporte à leitura.

By Lindsay S

Aug 11, 2016

Very good for an introduction to the basic ideas of research and why it is undertaken. Enjoyed it very much!

By Ali S

Oct 22, 2021

Chapters of books that the course use for reading section are excellent. Thanks for introducing such books.


Aug 11, 2021

The course need to be more inclusive of other fields of science, especially like experimental design etc.

By Joe S

Jul 25, 2022

Good examination of research methods but there seems some computer glitches in assigning peer marking.

By Camilo E G

Jan 11, 2022

Easy to follow and complete, it helped in refreshing the knowledge on research and how to improve it.

By R. R

Sep 14, 2020

The course contains a lot of useful material and walks it you through championing your research paper.

By Makaya H

Feb 5, 2021

I left with more than I came with. The peer assessment did justice for me and allowed me to improve.


Aug 24, 2020

Good Course. Gives a lot of information for the research methods that are useful to do the research.

By Firdous R

Jun 6, 2020

That was really a informative thing. I really appreciate all the efforts of tutors and researchers.

By Siddhi S K

Jun 2, 2020

It's great course, helped a lot with some steps that can be followed while conducting your research.

By Gaukhar Y

Feb 24, 2021

The course was very informative for me. It helped me understand how to write a good research paper.

By Anushka M D

Sep 10, 2021

It was an informative and insightful course indeed. Gave a completely new perspective on research.