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Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Skills

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Skills

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Study mode

Part time


6 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Project Management (Business / Industry) Social Research Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

PGCert in Advanced Research Skills consists of two modules: Research Project Management and Technology-Enhanced Research. They are an integral part of our PhD programme, but can also be taken as self-standing modules by anyone wishing to acquire comprehensive training in academic and transferable research methods, either to supplement their PhD studies elsewhere or to upscale their skills in their professional environment.

The modules can be taken entirely online and are available for anyone in the world, although students on the modules are very welcome to take part in SOAS's extensive programme of activities at our central London campus.

  • You will build a strong foundation for designing and managing a successful research project.
  • You will be able to work effectively with colleagues from various disciplines and subject areas.
  • You will develop the necessary knowledge and skills for conducting high-quality research in the digital age.
  • You will develop a broad and balanced skills profile, which is essential in the rapidly changing landscape of research practices and careers.


This module aims to help all SOAS PhD students across the institution develop the necessary knowledge and skills for conducting high-quality research in the digital age. Students will work collectively and individually through ten key topics of engaging with digital tools and sources, laying a strong foundation for their theses and research careers. This is an optional module, unlike Common Core I, but students who complete both Common Core I and II successfully will be eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate in case they withdraw from the PhD programme.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold a good postgraduate qualification and/or have a background in conducting research.

University information

At SOAS University of London, students are encouraged to challenge conventional views and to think globally. SOAS is the leading higher education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East, offering over a hundred postgraduate programmes, all taught by world-class specialists. The central London campus is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a...more