Postgraduate Diploma in Research Studies

Program Synopsis

The Postgraduate Diploma in Research Studies is a qualifying program as 'front-on' for research degrees for graduates from any discipline who do not have the appropriate research experience to undertake higher research degrees. It is designed for applicants who need additional skills in research in order to progress onto their research masters or doctoral program. The applicants will learn about research methodology, methods and ethics as they plan and conduct a research study that can lead onto higher degrees. The course will also provide the required knowledge, skills and confidence to interpret, evaluate and carry out research in any social setting.

Postgraduate Diploma in Research Studies is the first year of the Master of Research Studies programme in which the students completes six compulsory modules to equip themselves with the necessary skills and competencies to undertake independent research and produce quality research output consistent with international benchmarks. 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Read educational and social research with an understanding of a range of research methodologies;
  • Define an issue in their discipline as an investigable research project;
  • Design a research project demonstrating understanding of the range of research methodologies available, and their relevance to the project;

Lecture Panel & Project Supervisors

  • Entry Requirement 
    • Completion of a MQA approved level 7 Bachelor Degree or equivalent
  • Alternative Entry
    • 30 years of age and above as of the commencement date of the relevant semester 
    • Has an MQA approved Diploma qualification 
    • Minimum five years of experience in relevant field 
    • Successfully pass an admission test administered by Villa College and interview
  • Intake January / May / September
  • Duration 1 Year   
  • Course Fee MVR 35,000 (Payable in Installments)
  • MNQF Accredited Level Level 8

Programme Structure

  • Compulsory Modules
    • Introduction to Social Research& Research Process
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Quantitative Research Methods
    • Foundation of Research Theory
    • Quantitative Analysis using Statistics
    • Reading and Writing in Research