1 year - full time
2 years - part time
The MSc Research Methods is designed to provide a viable academic platform for building research skills based on international standards and academic rigour. The course will help you build research skills should you wish to improve relevant competencies in social sciences. As a leading higher educational institution in Central Asia, WIUT is a pioneer in introducing the most advanced teaching and learning experience to a diverse student population. The MSc Research Methods course is based on a unique combination of learning and practice in three dimensions important for research: training on hard skills in research, soft and transferable skills and applied research practices envisaged by developing individual dissertation work and a team-based community project that will provide research-based solutions to a real-life problem.
How you will study
MSc Research Methods is offered in full time and part time modes. Your study activity will break down into the following elements:
- Scheduled contact/activity time (lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervisions and other similar activities);
- Workplace learning;
- Structured independent study, such as preparing for scheduled learning activity;
- Case studies that are frequently used to provide context and to demonstrate the application of theory;
- Workshops/practical classes;
- Group/team work as class preparation assignment;
- Student presentations and student-led seminars; and
- “Clinic” type of sessions where you will be able to raise any issues related to the module in discussion.
The course consists of seven core modules and its structure is validated by the University of Westminster (UK) every five years. This may change, if necessary, in order to adapt to feedback received from a variety of sources.
- Fundamental of social science research design
- Research methods and data analysis
- Developing research and academic writing
- Transferable skills and applied research practice
- Advanced topics in research methods: quantitative
- Advanced topics in research methods: qualitative
WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
Applicants should normally hold an Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution with a minimum of a second lower class honours (2:2 or equivalent). Applicants without a formal higher education qualification or a formal qualification that is not at an equivalent academic standard, may be considered if the following conditions apply:
- They are or have been in employment where their role is in the area of the course and involves a high level of analysis and critical thinking.
- If the above condition is met, candidates will be required to provide evidence of such employment (nature and level of experience). This evidence will be considered during the interview process and the decision of the panel will be final.
Applicants must have:
- Had their first or second degree (or equivalent) taught and assessed in English; or
- An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in the writing component or another English Language Test recognised by the University of Westminster.
Applicants must have at least 12 months of full-time paid work experience or equivalent at the start of the academic year. For the purposes of this regulation, the academic year starts on 1st October.
Nargiza Alimukhamedova, Ph.D.
Nargiza received her Ph.D. in Economics from CERGE-EI, Charles University in Prague, in 2014. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Westminster International University in Tashkent as well as an Associate Researcher at the CERGE-EI in Prague and the University of Business and Economics (VSE).
Her main research areas include microfinance, applied econometrics, programme evaluation, development economics and institutional economics. Nargiza specialises in the impact evaluation of development programmes and design of new methods.
Nargiza was ranked in the top 10% of researchers in Economics by RePEc, in 2021.