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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.

Nov 28, 2020

A well made lesson with focus of what matters the most in research. The university of London along with Coursera did a great job at pointing out how research topics should be approached.\n\nThank you

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By Ahmad A M E S

Oct 28, 2018

Explanation is good. Different people help to absorb information.

By Selver Ö

Sep 19, 2017

thank you for sharing bacis and fundamental info about research.

By Bernard A B

Aug 29, 2019

Wonderful course for everyone wanting to do effective research.

By Armando R

Sep 21, 2020

It was very interesting but I think it needs more activities

By Prashant S

May 28, 2020

Some more examples from other courses can be incorporated.

By Steven J T

Jan 4, 2020

Thank you for this very informative and worthwhile course!

By 1879 - A R

Sep 13, 2020

This course help me to learn a lot.... thank you everyone

By Gummarekula S

Jul 1, 2020

Really nice course for beginners who want to do research.


Apr 28, 2020

Great course for deep understanding about research method

By Soobia I K

Jan 21, 2019

Course is good to refresh your existing research skills

By Hamza S

Feb 25, 2021

Very informative for thoser who want to be researchers

By Christopher D

Apr 4, 2020

This is an excellent introduction to research methods.

By Paul M

Aug 18, 2015

simple but effective module - can be done very quickly


Jul 3, 2020

I will follow the some instructions to develop myself

By Ayushi J

Sep 26, 2020

more in-depth analysis can make this course perfect

By ahmad

Jul 6, 2020

It is good and useful to learn to begin a research.

By Dr. M P B R

Aug 25, 2020

Very informative about how to do go about research


Aug 19, 2020

Amazing Course, Gets into every aspect of Research

By Minisha T

Mar 3, 2018

wonderful class, so sad I didn't get to finish it.

By Janhavi M

May 12, 2020

It is a helpful course for beginners in research.

By seema k

Jan 27, 2021

i really this course interesting way of learning

By Ratin I

Nov 26, 2020

Good advises given on starting a research study.


Jun 4, 2020

How do prepare in Research? that question clear.

By Kirana K P

Oct 20, 2019

The .pdf file made available for Week 3 is good.

By Abhinandan D

Mar 30, 2018

very helpful to understand research methodology.