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Understanding Research Methods, University of London

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About this 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.


Jan 25, 2017

I got to learn a lot about various research methods which i did not know previously. The timing of presentation of various ideas was excellent. Reviewing classmates was a good learning experience.

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406 Reviews

By Diana Carolina Tobar Abarca

Feb 18, 2019

Really interesting for general information.


Feb 18, 2019

Very Good session Thank You All for making me learn.

By Khoa Nguyen

Feb 16, 2019

It's very helpful for my future research.

By Kamyab Ebrahimkhani

Feb 13, 2019

Great Course with Great Teachers ! Thanks for Improving my Rational Thinking about research topics which I am about to Face in my future education.

By Ahmed Mohamed Metwaly

Feb 12, 2019

It's very good for beginner

By Adolfo Garcia Ramirez

Feb 12, 2019

it could be better

By Yerlan Uskenbayev

Feb 11, 2019

The course has real knowledgable value. Well done instructors.

By Deepak Joy Mampilly

Feb 10, 2019

Very useful and interesting course.

By U Kamal Kumar

Feb 09, 2019

Thank You Very Much sir

By Mohamed El-Tabey

Feb 07, 2019

Anyone with any background can improve his/her research skills through the E-tivity (Peer graded Assignments), It's a fantastic way to learn