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Academic Research and Methods PG Dip

Academic Research and Methods Postgraduate Diploma at UCL Qatar is 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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 8 months

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)


Application dates

Applications for this programme are currently closed.
Fees note: Fee available on request from the department.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any discipline with a final cumulative GPA of 3.0.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Special. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 150 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (85 credits) and a mini-dissertation (45 credits).

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Theories of Community
  • Research I: Research Proposal
  • Collective Memory and the Representation of the Past
  • Research 2: Mini-Dissertation


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 3,000-word research proposal and 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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Academic Research and Methods PG Dip


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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.

Why 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.

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 including knowing how to analyse and evaluate sources that are referenced in their research.

Student / staff ratios › 24 staff › 80 taught students › 10 research students

Department: UCL Qatar

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

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.

Application deadlines

For more information see our Applications page.

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