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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.

Sep 9, 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 Carlos A G V

Mar 22, 2021

Pretty well instrumented course. Tasks very useful and insightful. Very recomendable.


Jan 10, 2021

It was an amazing experience and I look forward to study more courses ahead.

thank You

By Kazi T I

Oct 28, 2020

It is an effective course, I must say .

I'm showing gratitude to the instructors. 🙂

By Chandimal R

Oct 22, 2020

A very good course and recommend it for any one who is interested on research methods

By Ragin M J

Jun 3, 2020

The course was very helpful in understanding more about research and research methods

By Karen P

May 25, 2020

Excellent summary and insights into research methods used by several SOAS researchers

By Itumeleng m

May 18, 2020

I learnt a lot from this course. It is presented simple yet it is super informative.

By M.R.S.Suryanarayana R

May 7, 2020

It is a very useful program to understand the research design in our research career.


Mar 21, 2020

The course is very much helpful for the learners who in the initial stage of research

By Dương N L M

Feb 15, 2020

An excellent course which helps me a lot. Thank you so much for creating this course.

By Loo C

Sep 4, 2018

Good introduction for new student who is going for bachelor and master level research

By Lengchanviraksak

Feb 3, 2018

It's a very useful application that give me a lot of knowledge that important for me.

By Francisco G

Sep 29, 2020

A real well structured MOOC! Maybe a second version of this course would be perfect!

By 19USCA010

Sep 12, 2020

It's really a great platform to learn research methods please do join and learn more

By Minaxi G

Jul 31, 2019

Great, Unique & Perfect way of understanding the importance and journey of research!

By Mauricio E S N

Oct 31, 2017

It is a boring course but is a good thing where you can find some interesting things

By Josep R

May 23, 2017

Great overview on what is reseach and the steps required to plan reseach in science.

By Ritwij K

Sep 22, 2020

Amazing course helps you to know a bunch of crucial stuffs related to the research.

By Maha F

Aug 14, 2020

im really thankful to coursera for providing me a oppurtunity to learn this course


Jun 15, 2020

A better understanding of the beginner who wants to become a successful researcher.

By Dr M V

Mar 19, 2020

The course is planned very well, thank you instructors for giving broader knowledge

By Ira O A

Aug 10, 2020

course is great and gives students the requisite understanding to conduct research

By Riaz A

May 2, 2020

This course is very helpful for the reseach students, specially for the beginners.

By Bermas, J R

Feb 5, 2020

I learned and enjoyed a lot on this course. This helps me to be a good researcher.