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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 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 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 df20211534 L R V

Apr 19, 2022

Very simplified illustrations were important in grasping concepts

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

By Alejandro C J

Jan 21, 2018

Very useful to make a systematic analysis in the research process.

By Suhail C

Feb 6, 2019

This was a good course. However I wish it could have been longer.

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 Kayla B

Sep 19, 2022

I think the questions could be a bit more specific and clear.

By Sonam W

Sep 16, 2022

I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. I found it very useful.

By Dambaa M

Apr 22, 2022

I gained a lot of knowledge through this lecture. Thank you.

By Armando R

Sep 21, 2020

It was very interesting but I think it needs more activities

By Dr. A A

Jun 11, 2022

A good course to know about the basics of research methods.