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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 Maria F G R

Mar 8, 2016

Aproximación muy interesante para investigación clínica. Realmente recomendable!

By Waqar H

Nov 12, 2018

This is very good course for the beginners for having a key concept of research

By Benhamiche H

May 28, 2020

Cette plate forme d'apprentissage est riche, bien structurée et très efficace.

By Paul R

Jul 18, 2020

Cover other sections such as introduction and how to write literature review.


Dec 22, 2015

Esta muy bien estructurado, da información muy útil, realmente lo recomiendo.

By Jahnvi S

Dec 29, 2020

valuable course if ever you are thinking of conducting a research in future.

By Sandeep D C

Jul 13, 2019

the interview with the experts from the academia had been quite enlightening

By Indunil W G

Jul 3, 2018

That is . very effective for starters. Very comprehensive and well organised

By Paulo V

Oct 30, 2020

A good course to take if you are about to or currently doing your research.

By Romero

Nov 6, 2020

It's a good refresher for a generalized understanding of research methods

By Mark G

Jul 24, 2021

Contained the information I needed. Very prompt and helpful support team

By Alwielland B

Jul 10, 2020

I learned a lot from this course esp. about research designs. thank you!

By Bruno M S

May 14, 2018

A very interesting course, but could use some more conceptual structure.

By Nagayo M

Sep 20, 2020

It helps me understand the dynamics of research Approaches and methods.


Apr 5, 2020

Very good learning methodology, good audiovisual content is manifested

By Luis A R C

May 31, 2019

Muy buen curso, muy util porque aveces o sabemos ni por donde empezar.

By Akash R

May 28, 2020

very well explained by all the instructor but content should be more.

By Jacquelyn C M

Jun 26, 2016

Should be a mandatory class before you have to do a research project.

By Zeinab t a

Sep 4, 2020

Very useful and excellent course

I have learned a lot about research

By Mayurdhvajsinh P

Aug 9, 2020

It ws very helpful course it gives broad idea about what research is

By Cyril J

Apr 23, 2020

Its a good course for someone who doesn't have any idea on research.

By Janhvi C

Aug 14, 2015

It's an amazing course with wonderful thought provoking activities!!

By Oussama K

Jul 31, 2021

the expected time for the course is way to short for the real time


Sep 26, 2020

This course was very useful for my research work beyond criticism.

By Shaimaa S

Jun 26, 2018

very nice course , and the etivities are amazing totally recommend