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Research Methods and Skills

  • Certificate
    Certificate of participation
  • Mode
    Blended programme
  • Course date
  • Duration
    3 months

Research competencies and skills are essential for the effective conduct and understanding of research and ultimately for evidence-based decision-making, whether in business, government or civil society. The RMS programme offers a unique opportunity to develop your academic skills and scientific mindset. 

For example, you can think of consumer market research for innovative products or services, impact studies of ICT projects, studies on female entrepreneurship, and studies on corporate greening in the hotel industry. The development of research competencies is particularly relevant for junior academics whose career is increasingly dependent on their research output. When embarking on a Doctoral programme, you also need to have a solid understanding of what constitutes good research, how to design and execute empirical studies and how to present and discuss research results in a convincing and effective manner. This programme can also be used as a refresher course on the execution of research. 

The programme is developed for those wishing to develop their research careers in a broad range of industries: the private sector, NGOs, international development organisations, public sector early career academics and doctoral candidates. In developing countries, this programme can serve as capacity building for staff in universities, but also research units within businesses, NGOs, ministries and think tanks. In developed countries, this program fills the gap between master graduation, and the start of doctoral research. 

The programme comprises five modules, which will be offered over a period of three months. To accomodate your needs, the first module is offered on-campus. During this mandatory module on-campus you will follow subject module 1: Introduction to Research Methods. During the on-campus presence you will not only be able to meet the MSM lecturers, but also your fellow (international) students. This will also contribute to the sharpening and refining of your initial research ideas through classroom interactions, peer reviews and group assignments. The other four modules are offered online. 

The modules take you through the empirical research cycle step-by-step. The programme balances theoretical knowledge with experience-based learning. We strongly believe that learning-by-doing will help you develop a unique set of skills to draft and execute your research proposal. With all assignments being geared towards drafting an initial research proposal, the RMS training programme truly kick-starts your research journey.

“During the Research Methods and Skills programme I learned how to write a research proposal, how to look for relevant articles, how to prepare an interview guide and how to conduct interviews. The programme also taught me how to analyse the obtained data.”
Ms. Ethel Ansah-Antwi - RMS alumna