Taught course

Research Methods

University of the Highlands and Islands · Arts, Humanities and Business

Entry requirements

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

January, September

Course content

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 become competent practitioners in action research as well as in these methods.

Research methods training is a cornerstone for success at doctoral study and this programme fills this gap in UHI’s provision and in the wider market. You will be encouraged to think critically about the selection of appropriate research and select the most appropriate strategy for collecting and analysing data.

Special features

  • You can study from a distance online through the UHI virtual learning environment, 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 an online or face-to-face induction, (though not compulsory is highly recommended) which is designed to help individuals to network with others on the course and to think about their own development needs in relation to it.
  • 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.

Where can I study my course?


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

Information for international students

An exciting and diverse student life awaits our international students. Choose to study in one of the larger urban centres of the region, such as Perth, Inverness or Elgin, or in one of the smaller towns or island communities, including the Western and Northern Isles.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module Scottish Online £520, Rest of UK and EU Online £650

Please see the course website

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
12-24 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600