2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject or 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.
Months of entry
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 fully online 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.
- Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
- You can study fully 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.
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
- Mixed methods and action research
This course is available online with support from Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR
How to apply
If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the Apply button above which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select our Apply tab to complete the online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.
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Information for international students
This course is not available to International Students
Fees and funding
From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.
Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company
You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan
For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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