Research Methods PgCert

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What is special about this course?

Do you want to develop your expertise in a range of both qualitative and quantitative research and apply this to real-world issues?  If so, then the PgCert in Research Methods could be the course for you. 

This programme is designed for students who wish to develop their research skills and will equip successful students with excellent skills to carry out research of a professional standard. The choices offered in the programme enable students to examine quantitative and qualitative methods in depth and also become competent practitioners in mixed methods and action research.

Research methods training is a cornerstone for success at doctoral study and successful completion of this programme will enable you to take the necessary steps towards this. You will be encouraged to think critically about the selection of appropriate approach to your research and select the most appropriate strategy for collecting and analysing data.

Special features

  • You can study from a distance online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), which means you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • You will develop an in-depth and reflective understanding of the research process.
  • This course will help research students to understand the professional, regulatory and related contexts of research, and to do so in such a way as to facilitate the development of career planning skills.
  • There is a face-to-face induction, (though not compulsory, is strongly recommended) which is designed to introduce you to the use of learning technologies and to help individuals to network with others on the course and to think about their own development needs in relation to it.

Note: This course is subject to revalidation

Entry requirements

  • 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject
  • A third or an ordinary degree will be considered with appropriate professional experience
  • Candidates with no formal qualifications, who can demonstrate a capability and engagement in appropriate CPD, will be considered under the University's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedures, and may need to complete an appropriate bridging module before undertaking the PgCert.

PgCert

The core module is:

  • Research Methods and Techniques

You will also choose two of the following option modules:

  • Qualitative Inquiry
  • Quantitative Research and Data Analysis
  • Action Research

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)
  • Part Time (Unstructured)
  • The programme is flexibly delivered (wholly online), beginning with a face-to-face induction. While the face-to-face induction is not compulsory, it is highly recommended.

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time -  1 year (3 modules over 2 semesters)
  • Part Time -  2 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • January

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2016-17
Scottish
online
Rest of UK
online
(inc EU)
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the PgCert Research Methods you may choose to apply your learning and skills to practical research or progress to further study.

Can I progress into further study?

You can use the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to articulate onto the Master of Education Programme. 
The PgCert RM is also a good starting point for higher degree study such as M.Phil or Ph.D. but you are advised to check this with prospective institutions and supervisors.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Research Methods PgCert

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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