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Coventry University

Academic Research Methodology for Master’s Students

Coventry University via FutureLearn


Explore how to do academic research for a master’s written project

This course offers master’s students the chance to develop a variety of key academic research skills for producing a great written project at a university master’s level.

Examine the cyclical research process and inductive research

Alongside leading academics at Coventry University, you’ll identify how to define topics worthy of research and the main issues to solve using the cyclical research process.

You’ll discover how to apply inductive reasoning to your research process and collect data that informs your work.

Explore how to develop and define research questions

As you come to understand the importance of the initial choices and plans made when developing a project, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to define research problems and create a research plan outlining the actions needed to reach your goals.

Through an exploration of research questions examples, you’ll develop a research question for a real-life proposed piece of research.

You should also learn how to develop an informed rationale and hypothesis for a research question.

By the end of the course, you should have the tools and research skills you need to develop a strong research question for a proposed piece of research.

This course is designed for any students looking to improve their academic research skills for university at master’s level.

No specific software is required.


  • Choosing What to Research
    • Welcome to the course
    • The key concepts
    • Defining the problem
    • Summary activities
  • Carrying Out Your Research
    • Operationalising research
    • Choosing your approach
    • Over to you
    • Summary activities

Taught by

Jake Mahon


4.5 rating at FutureLearn based on 37 ratings

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