The Understanding Research Methods Summer School course will be a unique offering to the summer school environment in London. The course is designed for a wide-ranging number of participants whether preparing an undergraduate or Master’s dissertation, or a Phd, or a professional task. It will outline the fundamentals of doing research for students from across the world. Students will collectively develop their understanding of research methods, confidence in designing a research project and executing appropriate methodologies and assessing their intellectual rigour.
For more information, please see the course handbook:
Understanding Research Methods Handbook (pdf; 102kb)
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
This course is worth 15 credits in the UK system. 15 credits is 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.
Current SOAS students selecting this course as an open option module will not be charged the tuition-fee. For further information and assistance, please contact email@example.com
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Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: 29 June - 17 July 2020
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- 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.
- 3 weeks
Credit assessed: £1,750
- The course is designed to provide a blended pedagogic experience to students. In other words, learning will go beyond face to face class time and involve use of online learning materials.
- Through a series of focused and dedicated learning exercises students will engage with a range 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.
Sample Reading list:
- Braybrooke, David "Philosophy of Social Science". Prentice Hall. 1986
- Cartwright N and Montuschi E (eds),"Philosophy of Social Science: A New Introduction", OUP New York 2005
- Churchill, H and Sanders T, "Getting Your PhD: A Practical insider's Guide" Sage:London 2007
- Hollis, Martin "The Philosophy of Social Science: An Introduction." Cambridge. 1991
- Little, Daniel Varieties of Social Explanation: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Science. Westview Press 1991
- Patton M. "Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods". Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE 2002.
- Swales J. & Feak C. "English in Today’s Research World". Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. 2000.
- Swales J. & Feak C. "Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills. 3rd edition". University of Michigan Press. 2012,
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
Teaching & Learning
Dr J Simon Rofe, Dr Ashley Cox
50 hours (lectures, tutorials, activities). The course will be delivered Monday - Friday over the 3 weeks.
Monday - Friday, 10am-3pm. In addition to regular lectures and tutorials, each course will offer a range of activities relating to their academic content (e.g. museum visit, company visit etc).
Assessment will be in the form of a series of e-tivities that will meet the agreed learning outcomes (e.g. literature review, research method etc,) on the principles of assessment for learning.
If you have not opted to study for credit, you will be required to complete all course assessments. Should you complete the assessments with success, you will receive a transcript confirming your marks and credits. If you have not chosen to study for credit, you will be exempt from any course assignments and not receive a mark.
Credit assessed: £1,750
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 31st March
10% discount if you apply for two courses over 6 weeks
15% discount for SOAS alumni (including Academic Summer School alumni)
20% discount for our partner institutions
Other discounts are available for groups. Please contact us for more information.
For more information, please see our accommodation page.
The SOAS Academic Summer School is delighted to offer six tuition-fee waiver scholarships to passionate students with a desire to make a difference in the world.
The scholarships will cover the tuition-fee for one Academic Summer School course in 2020.
Application Deadline: 2020-03-02 00:00
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
How to Apply
In order to join the Academic Summer School, students should meet the following entry requirements:
- A university student or a graduate at the time of attending. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
- Participants must be 18 or over at the time of attendance.
- Fluency in English language is recommended for non-credit courses, but essential for SOAS Accredited courses. Proficiency can be demonstrated through:
- IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all sub scores.
- TOEFL Paper based test we require a minimum of 583 with minimum 53 in all skills and for TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 93 with minimum 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.
- If you are unsure whether you meet the above entry requirements, please contact us to discuss your application.
Enrolment of applicants who do not meet the entry requirements is at the discretion of SOAS – please get in touch to speak to us about your application and we will be happy to help.
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.
Applications now accepted on a rolling basis for all courses