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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 Ngo T C

Oct 17, 2022

The course helps me have a more systematic view of research methods

By Anu S

Aug 25, 2021

Excellent material & thankful to professors for explaining so well.

By Violette J

Nov 12, 2020

I wish professors could correct our assignments and not just peers.

By gosia r

Oct 19, 2020

straightforward, easy to understand course content, I recommend it

By Omunagbe E I

Jul 3, 2020

it was really helpful to me and I understood a lot from the course.

By Amrutha v S N

Jun 20, 2020

Yes it is useful for development research methods by different ways

By Frida R

Apr 20, 2019

Me ayudó a planear mejor mis investigaciones finales esté semestre.

By Azizah A B

Nov 26, 2018

Thank you so much so far ,I will take anther coures .I was excited.

By Dacia P M

Apr 12, 2018

Excelente curso para mejorar competencias técnicas del investigador

By Sarina B

Feb 9, 2023

Excellent Course and the facilitators explained well the concepts!

By Aimbetova I O

Feb 28, 2021

excellent course. finally found the time to read Crosswell's books

By Saugata P

Jan 26, 2021

Good interactive process, I like the e-tivity concept of learning.

By MD. R R

Jul 10, 2020

This course was really great! I have learned a lot from this MOOC.

By Oshilaru T E

Jun 22, 2020

A good program. I really enjoyed it. Thank you very much for this.

By Chetan T

Jun 22, 2020

Understanding the research in business methodologies help managers

By Tefy

May 31, 2020

Great option to obtain essential information about research method

By Prasun B

May 5, 2020

Standalone course to gain the skill to develop a research project.

By Emmanuel C O

Mar 31, 2020

Great Course...

The video interviews were the icing on the cake...

By Luisina O

Mar 6, 2020

It was very good, neat, concise, easy to read and very interesting

By Azgard S

Oct 19, 2018

Fue muy interesante aprender los fundamentos para la investigación

By Ismael V

Jul 4, 2017

Was a excellente course, the structure is very organized and clear

By Trevor D

Nov 21, 2020

Great course which really challenged my knowledge and thinking ar

By npsapkal

Aug 2, 2020

This course is really helpful before starting a research project.

By Dr R R

Jul 27, 2020

A very good platform to learn through interactions with the peers

By Lorelie A M

Jun 1, 2020

It is a great course and I have learned a lot. Thank you so much.