Academic Research and Methods PG Dip

Academic Research and Methods at UCL Qatar is a Postgraduate Diploma offered to those students who do not meet UCL’s direct entry requirements for Master’s-level study. The Diploma facilitates the transition from a variety of educational backgrounds to the taught research-oriented graduate studies offered by UCL and other leading universities, by equipping students with essential skills in critical thinking, argumentation and research methods.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 8 months

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: QAR53,100
  • Overseas Full-time: QAR53,100

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The programme focuses on the core areas of academic literacies and criticality, research and learning autonomy, and subject knowledge. Students will ask critical questions, form opinions, cultivate arguments, foster independent research skills and develop interdisciplinary thinking and knowledge.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Diploma is intended to prepare students thoroughly for the academic studies and research skills required at postgraduate level at UCL and other leading institutions.

The Diploma is intended to prepare students thoroughly for the academic studies and research skills required at postgraduate level at UCL and other leading institutions.

Students will improve their academic English and study skills. Specifically, the Diploma will develop students’ ability to write argumentative essays, take and use notes from a Masters’-level lecture, prepare for and participate in seminars, give academic presentations, and carry out independent research. This includes knowing how to analyse and evaluate sources that are referenced in their research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 150 credits. The programme consists of four modules (120 credits) and a mini-dissertation (30 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research I
  • Research II
  • Introduction to Community Studies
  • Collective Memory and the Representation of the Past


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a mini-dissertation of 6,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and weekly individual supervision sessions. Assessments include two portfolios consisting of essays, presentations and reports, and a research project consisting of a 3,000-word research proposal, a 6,000-word mini-dissertation and an oral examination.

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Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any discipline with a final cumulative GPA of 2.7.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

Students may download the application form online at Completed applications should be submitted to

Who can apply?

This Postgraduate Diploma is suitable for candidates who wish to undertake Master’s-level study but do not meet the entry requirements for direct admission. It is also suitable for those returning to education after a significant gap.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Academic Research and Methods at graduate level
  • why you want to study Academic Research and Methods at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Students on the programme come from, and continue on to, a wide range of professional roles and careers. The programme is designed to facilitate further graduate-level study. Participants who progress to complete Master’s degree studies at UCL Qatar are expected to be highly employable in the cultural heritage sector of Qatar and elsewhere in the region, where there is an increasing need for qualified candidates with local expertise.


Graduates are expected to go on to pursue Master’s degree programmes at UCL Qatar and elsewhere, or to pursue further research or related employment.

Next steps


Mr Brett Kershaw

T: + 974 4457 8688


UCL Qatar

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