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Free Online Course on Developing Your Research Project

The University of Southampton is offering a free online course on Developing Your Research Project. There are no specific course requirements, other than a curious disposition and desire to undertake some academic research.

The course will support you with every step of the research process, from developing a hypothesis and finding sources to writing up and presenting one’s findings. This course will start on 16 Sep 2019.

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Course At Glance

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 1 hours/week
Subject: Developing Your Research Project
Institution: University of Southampton and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on 16 Sep 2019

Providers’ Details

Southampton is a place for ambitious people keen to stretch their intellectual abilities and help change the world.

From the birthplace of the technologies which drive the Internet to ground-breaking medical breakthroughs in conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and asthma, the University of Southampton has spent the last 60 years changing the world.

About This Course

Curiosity is one of humanity’s most important characteristics. It has enabled us to make the unknown known, to break barriers and to shine a light on all aspects of life, from our day to day hobbies to the exploration of the stars. Our innate desire to explore is responsible for many of our proudest achievements. This course will help train you to harness your curiosity and use it to undertake your own research projects in a scholarly manner.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Develop a research hypothesis
  • Formulate research questions
  • Summaries a research proposal
  • Assess the validity of a research proposal
  • Justify the choice of a specific research methodology
  • Explore academic literature about a specific research subject
  • Prepare a presentation to illustrate the key components of your specific research project


There are no specific course requirements, other than a curious disposition and desire to undertake some academic research.


Emma Thompson

Learn with US Transition Leader, University of Southampton. Research Interests: political behaviour in the UK, the student experience and the value of the EPQ.

Richard Penny

Post-doctoral researcher on economic inequality and social jusice & Learn with US Transition Officer at the University of Southampton.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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