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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.


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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By Iván N H

Sep 20, 2017

Considero que la calidad del curso es buena ya que te proporciona herramientas fundamentales para realizar un buen tema de investigación.

By Kirsten L

May 4, 2022

A nice refresher of the reasons we choose different research methods and approaches. Fairly self explanatory and not too time consuming.

By Muhammad F S N

Apr 3, 2020

It contains good quality material. Moreover, it is concise and precise.

But it must include sciences, it includes social sciences only.

By Nabila S

Oct 14, 2022

Clear explanation on the video discussions; however the course can add more audiovisual material instead of just reading materials

By Fernando M

Aug 14, 2020

It is a good course but kind of simple. I would have prefered more information inside the course and not as recommended literature.

By Shibani S

Jun 11, 2020

l really liked the topics touched upon in this course. However , I would appreciate it a lot more if we had a few working examples.

By Asmaa S M O

Jun 2, 2020

Well organized timetable offering me different options to comply with the course, transcript of content and reach reading topics.

By Chiara

Mar 12, 2021

The process of grading does not really make sense. However, very informative and helpful for someone pursuing academic research.

By Macdonald B M

Nov 7, 2022

it was really eye opening to learn about how to conduct research in a awy that is ethical and meets the standards of academics

By Armin H

Oct 31, 2022

It is great, but it is too short.I think the learning will improve by adding several additional questions at each week's end.

By Dattatraya D

Jun 13, 2022

The course content can be slightly bettter, which can include important websites and reaerch tools that one can learn to use.

By Maleeha M

Feb 27, 2018

Loved taking this course, as I'm doing a dissertation in my final year at university, it is very much applicable to my degree.

By Michael P

May 17, 2021

I enjoyed the readings and felt the writing assignments were helpful in integrating the main ideas of the reading selections.

By Muhammad A F

Jun 8, 2017

It is a well designed course. I think the style is different. But it would become more effective if more interviews included.

By Bhuvana M N

Jan 11, 2017

Really liked the supplementary materials provided in the course. Also liked hearing about research from various researchers.

By George E

Dec 4, 2020

Enjoyed the teaching and the method in which the student is encouraged to expanded their knowledge in research methodology.


Dec 12, 2020

An entry-level course to understanding research. Great for someone who hasn't been exposed to research methodology before.

By Debasmita D

Nov 15, 2020

I found it really new and engaging approach. I never knew before the assignments can be reviewed by peer students as well.

By Mayur P B

Jun 2, 2020

This course is easy and good for researchers to study and conduct research in ease and with management with time bounding.

By Farah K

Jul 28, 2020

The course itself is quite informative and I learnt so much from it. I loved that the videos were to the point and short.

By Bilal A

Aug 30, 2019

It was so nice to be a part of this course . lt was useful and recommended for others to build thier capacity in research

By Maria M

Oct 5, 2020

Wonderful set of assignments and course materials! It helped me to work on my drawbacks towards understanding research.

By Maria M

Jul 29, 2020


By Bamidele O I

Aug 25, 2020

Even though very brief and laconic but this course is well loaded and full of important knowledge for budding scholars

By Edgar C L

May 18, 2018

This is a basic research course. If you don't have any idea on how to conduct a research, this is a good starter pack.