Postgraduate Certificate in Research Studies

Program Synopsis

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Studies prepares students as 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, and the course will also provide the required knowledge, skills and confidence to interpret, evaluate and carry out research in any social setting.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Studies is awarded upon successful completion of the first semester of the Master of Research Studies programme in which the students completes three compulsory modules to equip themselves with the necessary skills and competencies to understand the methodologies used in research.

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; and
  • 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 
    • An MQA approved Diploma qualification 
    • Minimum five years of experience in relevant field 
    • Successful pass in an admission test administered by Villa College and an interview
  • Intake January / May / September
  • Duration 6 Months  
  • Course Fee MVR 17,500 (Payable in Installments)
  • MNQF Accredited Level Level 8

Programme Structure

  • Compulsory Modules
    • Introduction to Social Research& Research Process
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Quantitative Research Methods