Research Methods

Deliver current, comprehensive training in research methods


Part of the new Research Skills Toolkit, the Research Methods programme is made up of five concise and accessible courses – each one integrating coverage of the latest developments, trends, and challenges in research practice, with plenty of opportunities for researchers to identify their own priorities, reflect on their experiences, and select the content that is most applicable to their work.


Programme features

  • Tailored learning opportunities explore the key challenges faced by postgraduate researchers
  • Activities and scenarios offer relatable insights into the experiences of authentic Masters and PhD students
  • Dedicated pods containing information, advice, useful links, and activities augment and develop the learning experience
  • End-of-module quizzes solidify and test the knowledge and skills gained 


Programme structure



Undertaking a Literature Review

Literature Review: an introduction

Identifying literature for your review

Evaluation of the literature

Analysing the literature and writing up your review

Principles of Research Methods

Understanding and framing research

Developing a Research Question

Knowing about Methodology

Knowing About Data Collection Methods

Knowing about Sampling Methods

Knowing about Data Analysis Methods

Networking, Collaborating and Connecting Disciplines

Protecting, Managing and Sharing Research Data

Communicating, Disseminating and Publishing Research

Producing a Research Proposal


Publishing late 2020 as part of Research Methods:


In late 2020, we will release three streamlined courses addressing the practical applications of research methods in discipline-specific areas:

  • ‘Research Methods in Practice: Social Sciences’
  • ‘Research Methods in Practice: Arts and Humanities’
  • ‘Research Methods in Practice: Sciences’

Each course will integrate scenario-based activities, nuanced examples, and expert tips to engage researchers and explore common challenges in these subject areas.


Download the programme flyer