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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 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.


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.

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By kripa

Jul 27, 2020

Very great lectures and behind the books practical topics. Thank you professor for your time and teaching.


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By Mujeeb u R L

Nov 18, 2016

My experience... I was awesome to know what Research is all about and what basic elements of Research are.

By Deleted A

Feb 27, 2016

the assignment is creative and very brilliant and lessons is very short it is a pleasure to learn from you

By Ernesto L P

Aug 23, 2015

it´s very useful, pragmatic and didactic at the same time. Thank you to all the team that make it posible.

By Lucas M P

Apr 4, 2021

Curso bem legal e aborda de maneira objetiva questões introdutória a respeito de metodologia de pesquisa.

By Thara C B

Sep 28, 2020

The course is very useful, all classes were delivered in simple conversational language and easy to learn

By Daniel D R

Jul 4, 2020

Aprendí varias cosas nuevas que me van a servir en mi vida de investigador.

Les agradezco mucho a ustedes!

By Akhil S

Feb 27, 2016

This course is really helpful in understanding research methods as well as adding up a lot of information

By Qadeer A

Jan 30, 2016

It has many major points and tips that the one should know about before doing any search in any criteria.

By Roua N

May 27, 2022

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By KagisoRamogale

Feb 23, 2021

Research has always been a great part of my career. Now, this course has rekindled my love for research.

By Rishi M

Dec 7, 2020

Just what I needed. This course has been a good preparation for my research project. Highly recommended.


Jul 26, 2020

This course has really helped me to understand research methodology and also helped me in my LLM course.

By Недопекина Е М

Feb 25, 2020

Thank you for this course!

It has been very comprehensive and useful for my further research activity :)

By Quilala, M G C

Feb 10, 2020

I like how topics were relayed on each week. Videos were relevant and sources are reliable. Keep it up!

By Dr. R K V

Jul 17, 2017

This course is very interesting, relevant and useful for all the research scholars as well as teachers.

By Roma K

Sep 26, 2022

This was very useful course. Through it I learned each and every aspects related to research methods.

By yira k

Mar 29, 2022

This course is simply the best online course you will get in contemporary times. It is just excellent.

By Preeti k

Jun 10, 2021

If carefully read and completed assignments then its a great course to learn from. highly recommended.

By Jamal E

Apr 4, 2021

I got valuable information from this course that will help me when I start writing my master's thesis.

By Edna M C

Oct 29, 2020

This course is very valuable especially for those pursuing advanced studies and during writing papers.

By Rozina A

Oct 23, 2021

It was really an amazing experience with coursa course. I can learn more new things from this course.

By Raja M B

Aug 18, 2021

The course was really beneficial for doing and understanding better research techniques. Thanks alot.

By Navaneetha G

Jul 5, 2021

I would like to thank the team for the videos and lectures. They were helpful to upgrade my career.