Research methods in the social sciences (online)

Social science research helps us to understand, shape and critique the increasingly complex world in which we live. There is a wide range of approaches and methods available in the area, and social scientists need to choose the most appropriate. This requires them to have a clear understanding of the nature of social science research and of the issues involved in it.

This online course gives you an overview of the field, from the early stages of framing your research question, through the research, to writing up your findings and deciding on the next steps.


This course aims to:

  • introduce you to key concepts for social science research
  • explain key principles and issues affecting social science research
  • identify a range of strategies for data collection
  • help you locate addtional resources

Skills and abilities

Completing this course will help develop skills in the following RDF sub-domains:

  • Knowledge base
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Research management
  • Creativity


This course is open to postgraduate researchers. You will need to log in using your University user name and password.

How to enrol

This is an online course in Canvas and is available year-round.  Enrol on this course by entering your University ID and password when prompted.

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