10 Courses

Discovering Your PHD Potential: Writing a Research Proposal

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Leicester

Started: 01/04/2018

Finished: 28/04/2018

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Understanding Research Methods

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of London

Started: 02/06/2014

Finished: 04/07/2014

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Developing Your Research Project

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Southampton

Started: 07/07/2014

Finished: 18/08/2014

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Qualitative Methods

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Amsterdam

Started: 15/09/2015

Finished: 17/05/2017

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Why Research Matters

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Deakin University

Started: 14/12/2018

Finished: 14/12/2018

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Why Experience Matters: Qualitative Research

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Griffith University & Deakin University

Started: 28/04/2018

Finished: 04/05/2018

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Why Numbers Matter: Quantitative Research

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 09/05/2018

Finished: 10/05/2018

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Why Ethics Matter: Ethical Research

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Griffith University & Deakin University

Started: 15/06/2018

Finished: 22/06/2018

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Why Planning Your Research Matters

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Deakin University

Started: 07/02/2019

Finished: 08/02/2019

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Research Impact: Making a Difference

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: The University of Glasgow

Started: 11/06/2020

Finished: 12/06/2020

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Scientific research is a critical tool for successfully navigating our complex world. Without it, we would be forced to rely solely on intuition, other people’s authority, and blind luck. While many of us feel confident in our abilities to decipher and interact with the world around us, history is filled with examples of how very wrong we can be when we fail to recognize the need for evidence in supporting claims. At various times in history, we would have been certain that the sun revolved around a flat earth, that the earth’s continents did not move, and that mental illness was caused by possession. It is through systematic scientific research that we divest ourselves of our preconceived notions and superstitions and gain an objective understanding of ourselves and our world.

Why is Research Important?, lumenlearning.com

Research methods are the strategies, processes or techniques utilized in the collection of data or evidence for analysis to uncover new information or create better understanding of a topic. There are different types of research methods which use different tools for data collection.

Research methods and becoming proficient in using them is a key part of undertaking most Master’s degrees, because it is at postgraduate level that you fully refine your research capabilities, either for exploitation in a PhD or for use in a professional context.

My MTA Portfolio absorbed the curriculum of a Master’s degree I very nearly undertook, Creative Technologies and Enterprise. A key part of its curriculum was research methods and studying them from a transdisciplinary perspective.     

When I decided that I was going to build my own Master’s degree, I did not know it would include all the concentrations it ultimately did end up having and I also did not know what I would end up doing as a result of undertaking it.

I included research methods because understanding how research is systematically done using the scientific method enables you to be a more discernable assessor of all types of information.

Additionally, including a deep dive into research methods would be invaluable in a professional context that required research skills and it would also futureproof me if I ever did decide to undertake a full-fledged accredited Master’s degree or PhD.