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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...

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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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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.


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 Clemence A

Jun 28, 2022

The course was well-balanced. the lectures were very enthuastic and easy to follow.

By Dr M V

Jan 26, 2022

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

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.


Jun 15, 2022

This course is really helpful to understand the research methods in a short period

By Rayyan K

May 30, 2022

This is a great course for beginners about the fundamental principles of research.

By Teferi T D

Mar 24, 2022

It is very nice course, I have learnt a lot from it. Thanks for giving this course

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.

By Mohamed O S

May 17, 2016

Excellent course for undergraduate students where ever they are!

Thank You so much!

By Gia P

Dec 6, 2021

This course has so many practical applications that I will be using in the future

By Ali G

Jan 24, 2021

My experience of getting educational information through this is very tremendous.

By Kamkhohao S L

Sep 18, 2020

very insightful. It helped me gain a lot of knowledge about research methodology.