Programme Description

Ever wondered how to begin a project? What does 'Research' mean? Or Simply how to turn a good idea into a well-formed report? Whatever the predicament, at whatever the level, in both academic and professional settings, the Research Awareness: Design and Methodology summer school provides a unique opportunity to develop and hone your ability to conceptualise and develop your research skills.

We will tackle what it means to be a researcher from the ground up, starting with the fundamental building blocks of what constitutes 'research', how to go about it well and what pitfalls to avoid.

Your course leader is Dr J Simon Rofe, co-instructor of the biggest Research Methodology course globally through a Coursera MOOC, and for this summer school course, he is joined by fellow SOAS scholar Dr Ashley Cox. Together they will curate an exciting approach drawing upon the latest academic practice in learning and research design, and SOAS's wonderful local resources in the shape of the British Library, the British Museum, the Welcome Trust and Crick Institute.

No prior knowledge or experience in research methods is required to take this course, but the course will be particularly relevant for those who have to conduct research as part of their higher education studies but do not perhaps have access to research methods courses, or for those who feel like they would like additional support for self-improvement.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Their understanding that different methods and approaches to research reflect a range of intellectual traditions and societal interests.
  • The ability to assess which methods are suitable for their enquiries.
  • The ability to design a research project.
  • The ability to critically engage with discussions surrounding the quality and integrity of research.
  • Their readiness to tackle further, advanced, consideration of approaches to research.

SOAS Accredited

This course is worth 15 credits in the UK system. 15 credits are equivalent to 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.

If you intend to transfer credit to your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you apply. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however, please be aware that the decision to transfer credit rests with your home institution.

Teaching & Learning

The course is designed to provide a blended pedagogic experience to students. In other words, learning will go beyond face to face class time.

Through a series of learning experiences, students will engage with a number of salient topics in Understanding Research Methods

Each topic will be supported by tailored learning materials which will include a range of textual, documentary, audio and visual as appropriate. Readings have been chosen and packaged to have a guiding question, pop quiz questions, and an overall summary, as well as being divided into Essential and Desirable reading.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees


Application fee

A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.


  • 10% discount if you apply by 31 March 2019
  • 20% discount for our partner institutions


Accommodation is available to Summer School students at the SOAS halls of residence, Dinwiddy House.

Entry Requirements

In order to join our Summer School, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:

  • A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age.
  • Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
  • A minimum English language requirement if English is not your first language:
    • IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all subscores.
    • TOEFL Paper-based test we require a minimum of 583 with a minimum of 53 in all skills and for TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 93 with a minimum of 20 in all skills.
    • Pearson Test of English a score of 59-64.
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Grade B.
    • If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses), you may meet our requirements without having to supply a certificate. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.
    • Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact us for advice.
    • Applicants whose English language level do not meet out requirements may be interested in our subject-based courses with English language support.

Enrolment of Summer School applicants who don’t meet the entry requirements is at the discretion of SOAS – please get in touch to speak to us in detail about your application.

Application Procedure

Once you have paid the £40 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place on the summer school within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.

Application Deadline

31 May 2019

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated May 12, 2019
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1,750 GBP
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