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Research Methods

Research Methods

Embarking on your final-year dissertation, postgraduate thesis, or PhD research project marks a significant step in your academic journey. It's an opportunity to delve deeply into your chosen field, contribute original knowledge, and hone your research skills to a high level.

This guide is tailored specifically to support you as you navigate the complexities of advanced research. It offers insights and guidance beyond the basics, focusing on the methods, tools, and ethical considerations relevant to in-depth research projects. Whether you're exploring qualitative depths, quantitative rigor, or the nuances of mixed methods, this guide will equip you to:

  • Master advanced research techniques: Explore sophisticated methodologies and approaches that go beyond undergraduate-level assignments.
  • Refine your research question: Learn how to craft a focused, impactful research question that drives your investigation.
  • Design a robust research plan: Develop a comprehensive plan that outlines your methodology, data collection, and analysis procedures.
  • Manage complex research projects: Discover tools and strategies for organising your literature review, managing large datasets, and maintaining momentum.
  • Engage with ethical considerations in depth: Understand the ethical implications of your research and how to uphold the highest standards of integrity.

While this guide serves as a starting point for your advanced research journey, we encourage you to delve deeper into specific topics as needed. We've included links to specialised resources and guides that offer more detailed information on areas like literature reviews, qualitative data analysis, statistical methods, and academic publishing.

Remember, our librarians are here to support you at every stage of your research. Don't hesitate to ask for assistance in finding resources, navigating databases, or refining your research methods. We're committed to helping you succeed in your academic pursuits.