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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...

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Jul 27, 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 10, 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 Augustine W S C

Jan 13, 2019

I have enjoyed this course that has help to enlighten me on research methods.

By Madhur T

Aug 27, 2020

good understanding with a simple explanations for beginners. thank you team!


Aug 19, 2019

excellent course where I learn the innovative-ness of research. Thanks all.

By Rafael G S

Oct 07, 2015

Excelente curso, cumple las expectativas de una institución de su categoría.

By E. S S

Aug 17, 2015

Really helpful course, just the right length, from a prestigious University.


May 14, 2020

It is really helpful if anybody is looking into exploring research methods.

By Lexz P L

Nov 25, 2018

I like this one. It is full of information from great experts in the field.

By Perla P O G

Jul 03, 2020

It is a great course that helps you to understand how to start a research.

By UR20

Apr 30, 2020

Very good course for those who are at beginner level for Research Methods.

By Kim N C

Jul 31, 2017

This course if helpful especially if you are ground-working theoretically.

By susielau

Sep 06, 2015

very useful for me to get to know something about research method. Thanks.

By Shimaa A M H

May 10, 2020

It is amazing open my mind and make me best understand of research method

By apdallah h e a a t

Feb 25, 2016

i think that course is the best way to understanding concepts of research

By Shreedip K

Sep 22, 2020

Had a lot of positive feedback from classmates. a best part of learning.

By Christie A D B

Sep 10, 2020

Very helpful course for those who would like to know more about research


Aug 05, 2020

Every effective and has contributed to my understanding research methods

By Faizola N

May 29, 2020

Great introduction course on what is needed to conduct a research study.

By Viralkumar N

May 25, 2020

Very well design course. I really learned a lot from this online course.

By Mr. A R

May 04, 2020

Really enjoyed the course. Looking forward to do more courses like this.

By Xiomara N

Apr 01, 2020

The videos were really good. I liked all the activities and assignments.


Mar 24, 2020

Quite interesting and engaging course for having the basics of research.

By Bamunusinhage K T S

May 17, 2019

Very good course. Recommended to apprentice and experienced researchers.

By aldo a d l

Oct 12, 2017

un curso completo y con buena estructura para facilitar su entendimiento

By Ernest S N

Aug 25, 2020

This course has helped to broaden my understanding on research methods.

By Gustavo A V F

Apr 10, 2020

Excellent. Easy to understand, great interviews, nice reading chapters.