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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


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.

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By Dr. A A

Jun 11, 2022

A good course to know about the basics of research methods.

By Prashant S

May 28, 2020

Some more examples from other courses can be incorporated.

By Steven J T

Jan 4, 2020

Thank you for this very informative and worthwhile course!

By 1879 - A R

Sep 13, 2020

This course help me to learn a lot.... thank you everyone

By Gummarekula S

Jul 1, 2020

Really nice course for beginners who want to do research.


Apr 28, 2020

Great course for deep understanding about research method

By Soobia I K

Jan 21, 2019

Course is good to refresh your existing research skills

By Hamza S

Feb 25, 2021

Very informative for thoser who want to be researchers

By Chris D

Apr 4, 2020

This is an excellent introduction to research methods.

By Paul M

Aug 18, 2015

simple but effective module - can be done very quickly

By Francis A

Jan 5, 2022

Great introduction to understanding research methods.


Jul 3, 2020

I will follow the some instructions to develop myself

By Ayushi J

Sep 26, 2020

more in-depth analysis can make this course perfect

By Ahmad Q

Jul 6, 2020

It is good and useful to learn to begin a research.

By Bushra K

Jan 4, 2022

good course but faced difficulty in review option.

By Dr. M P B R

Aug 25, 2020

Very informative about how to do go about research


Aug 19, 2020

Amazing Course, Gets into every aspect of Research

By Minisha T

Mar 3, 2018

wonderful class, so sad I didn't get to finish it.

By Janhavi M

May 12, 2020

It is a helpful course for beginners in research.

By seema k

Jan 27, 2021

i really this course interesting way of learning

By Ratin I

Nov 26, 2020

Good advises given on starting a research study.


Jun 4, 2020

How do prepare in Research? that question clear.

By Kirana K P

Oct 20, 2019

The .pdf file made available for Week 3 is good.

By Abhinandan D

Mar 30, 2018

very helpful to understand research methodology.

By Thuong N T

Nov 5, 2022

Useful, but it's a bit difficult to understand