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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 Marwa H K

Dec 12, 2022

This course give me a great push to start pursuing my research career.

By Harshani S

May 12, 2022

A good simple understanding was gained by me on following this course

By Dr J D

Sep 27, 2021

Extremely useful course for those wanting to do research in any field.

By Gelaye G

Feb 15, 2021

What a great course, and excellent course facilitators. Thank you all!

By Bolashak R

Dec 1, 2020

Good source of structured information from real researches. Thank you.

By Samten C

Oct 21, 2020

It was really precise and meaningful. Excellent course for a beginner.

By Aneeta J

Jul 28, 2020

As a beginner in research, this course was truly comprehensive for me.

By Areen J E

Jun 26, 2020

Very informational. I had fun while i am learning. Highly recommended.


May 1, 2020

I had a great learning experience and loved the content of the course.


Apr 9, 2020

It is a excellent course. Help us to learn more about research methods

By sheila v

Mar 12, 2017

Excellent, really helpful! A must for every starting out PhD student!

By Jennifer W

Sep 13, 2022

Very insightful and applicable beginning course on reasearch method.

By Rob J

Aug 5, 2022

Great introduction to research methods for uni students of all levels

By Balogun A B

Sep 23, 2020

Great instructors and interview sessions. Really learnt a lot. thanks


Sep 6, 2020

Gives a good insight into research if adequate efforts can be put in.

By chandrajyothi

Apr 11, 2020

Wonderful and helpful for all those who are interested into research.

By ivan f c

Nov 20, 2018

exelente curso, nos muestra las bases para realizar una investigacion

By Abhishek P

May 23, 2021

This gives me easy introduction to interest and related contracts.

By Hassan A D

Mar 21, 2021

The experience I have gained from this course was really incredible.

By palmo T

Sep 28, 2020

Excellent course and the video discussion were good and to the point


Jul 6, 2020

This course can really change your view of thinking and researching.

By Julia L

Jun 28, 2020

This has been a clear and easy introduction to the research process.

By Mayurvyas

May 8, 2020

Nice course for beginners who just enroll in the Higher education...

By Maheed U R

Jun 2, 2019

great course, videos, and assignment helped me to understand better,

By Rudivan B

Aug 26, 2017

Great course, helped me to see all the steps in building a research.