Understanding Research Methods is the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to be run in partnership between SOAS, University of London, the University of London International Academy, and Coursera.

The MOOC is open to anyone and it is free to enrol.  The course starts on 2 June and runs for six weeks, and has already proved very popular with applicants with over 16000 signed up.

The course is designed to allow participants to develop their understanding of research methods, and gain confidence in designing a research project.  It will outline the fundamentals of doing research, aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at the postgraduate level.  A number of robust and challenging discussions and exercises provide the vehicle for learning.

The course draws on a wealth of existing course material developed to support research training across SOAS. It will particularly benefit students who wish to conduct research as part of their postgraduate studies, but do not have access to research methods courses, or for those who feel they would like additional support for self-improvement.

The MOOC is designed, developed and delivered by Dr J. Simon Rofe, Senior Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Studies and Dr Yenn Lee, Research Skills Trainer/Coordinator.

Find out more about Understanding Research Methods.

SOAS also runs several taught masters degree course relating to research methods on its London campus and through Distance Learning, including a recently introduced MA Anthropological Research Methods and Nepali, which includes a period of study in Kathmandu.

Other related degrees include MA Global Diplomacy and MA International Studies and Diplomacy run by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD); plus MA in Historical Research Methods; MSc Research for International Development; and MA Anthropological Research Methods.

Find out more about options for postgraduate research at SOAS.