Research Methods

Commencing graduate research students are required to undertake a research methods course in the first year of study.

Research Methods Workshop

Research Methods  for PhD candidates in the Built Environment and Design disciplines.

The Research Methods Workshop is designed to give you a taste of everything you need to know to make a successful start with your research. The course aims to demystify the process of research. Topics will include: types of research, selection and formulation of research problems and hypotheses, the importance of literature review and how to start writing one, selection of appropriate research methods, data collection and analysis, tips for getting through confirmation and writing for an academic audience.

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Semester 2 2019:

The workshop will run over five days in October and November 2019:

  • Day 1: Friday 18 October, 10am-4pm (Japanese Room, 4th floor MSD)
  • Day 2: Tuesday 29 October, 10am-4pm (Japanese Room, 4th floor MSD)
  • Day 3: Friday 1 November, 10am-4pm (Japanese Room, 4th floor MSD)
  • Day 4: Wednesday 6 November, 10am-4pm (Singapore Theatre, basement MSD)
  • Day 5: Friday 8 November, 10am-3:30pm (Japanese Room, 4th floor MSD)

All new Research Higher Degree (RHD) candidates starting in semester 2, 2019, are expected to participate in this program. The program should help you prepare for your confirmation milestone which usually occurs after the first eight to nine months of full-time candidature (or equivalent part-time enrolment). Register here.

Alternative Research Methods Courses

If due to the timing of your research candidature commencement you are unable to attend the Faculty's research methods workshop you may be interested undertaking a course run by another Faculty. Alternatively, one of the courses below may suit the type of research you are planning to undertake, you should discuss this with your supervisor.

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Science

  • Social Research Methods (NRMT90003) aims to equip students with knowledge and skills to design social research, which can be used to improve management of environments, agricultural and food systems
  • Research Methods for Life Sciences (AGRI90075) provides students with an introduction to a number of statistical techniques which are frequently used in agriculture, science and business situations.It is designed for students with little or no background in statistics.

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

  • Research Methods (FINA90002) introduces students to a range of research methods and addresses key philosophical issues and practical skills relevant to research undertaken in the creative arts.
  • Research Methods 1 (CREA90001) provides PhD students in the creative arts disciplines at the VCA with the skills and tools needed to devise and conduct research.

Research Methods MOOCs

The following research methods courses can be undertaken online:

  • Understanding Research Methods (University of London) demystifies research and research methods. It will outline the fundamentals of doing research, aimed primarily, but not excludively, at the postgraduate level.
  • Methods and Statistics in Social Sciences Specialization (University of Amsterdam) covers research methods, design and statistical analysis for social science research questions. The specialisation consists of five separate courses, each of which can be taken on its own: Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, Basic Statistics, Inferential Statistics, and Methods and Statistics in Social Science - final research project.

If you are interested in enrolling in one of the above alternative research methods course please contact ABP Graduate Research with the course details and we will inquire on your behalf. Applications to add coursework subjects can be made through the Graduate Research Hub.

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