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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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Sep 13, 2020

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

By Gummarekula S

Jul 01, 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 Christopher D

Apr 04, 2020

This is an excellent introduction to research methods.

By Paul M

Aug 19, 2015

simple but effective module - can be done very quickly


Jul 03, 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 06, 2020

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

By Dr. M P B R

Aug 26, 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 03, 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.


Jun 04, 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.

By Yelibet L O

Jul 29, 2017

Me gustó el curso, fue sencillo y sustancioso.


Jun 25, 2020

Wonderful course ,Peer learning is awesome .


By nandashreek

May 14, 2018

This course is really help full for beginners

By Alanood S k

Aug 21, 2020

Interesting information and good discussions

By Diana C T A

Feb 18, 2019

Really interesting for general information.


Sep 25, 2020

its very usefully for all research fellow


Jul 19, 2020

Great course and quite easy to go through.

By Deepesh R

Aug 31, 2020

Very useful course for research beginners

By Raúl S D

Apr 24, 2017

Es buen curso, y muy rápido de acabar.