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OTHM Level 7 Certificate in Research Methods

Online Flexible Study- Fully Regulated with Tutor Support- University Progression

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Level 7 Certificate in Research Methods
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The OTHM Level 7 Certificate in Research Methods is specifically designed to develop a researcher’s ability to prepare for different academic activities based on research through the design and development of their research proposal.

Learners will develop a fundamental understanding of practical, philosophical, and ethical concepts of research within the context of an academic environment. The course is accredited by UK OFQUAL and is delivered 100% online with 24x7 support.

*Please ensure that you meet the entry requirements for this course prior to purchasing


Level 7 Certificate in Research Methods

Awarded by OTHM Qualifications
Regulated by Ofqual

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Duration and Delivery

This level 7 online course is designed to be completed over two months of full-time study. However, we accommodate for completely flexible delivery, so that students can schedule their learning around other commitments such as work or family. The qualification is delivered online through our Virtual Learning Environment. Our 24x7 online tutor support is there to assist you throughout your studies.

Assessment and Verification

All units within this course are internally verified by our qualified assessors and externally verified by OTHM. This course is criterion-referenced, based on specific learning outcomes. To achieve a “PASS” for a unit, a student must complete the learning outcomes to meet the assessment criteria set by OTHM.


This course is based on the Regulated Qualifications Framework’s (RQF’s) equivalent to Master’s degrees, which can be used to gain important knowledge while gaining credits, which can be put towards gaining a fast tracked master’s degree at a University.


Upon successful completion of this 100% accredited online course, learners will earn 20 credits at the Master’s degree level. A learner can also use these credits to progress to further studies, including progressing towards an MBA top-up. Moreover, as this qualification is regulated and approved by OFQUAL (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), professional institutes or employers also would usually recognize this qualification for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Who is this course for?

This course is for anybody looking to advance their research skills while gaining a valuable qualification. This may be to advance ones career, or to advance to a fast tracked Masters degree programme.


For entry in this course, learners must meet the following criteria:

  • A UK level 6 diploma, an honours degree, or equivalent qualification.
  • Mature learners are also advised to have management experience.
  • The learner should be 21 or older at the time of enrollment.

English Language Requirements:

Learners are expected to have English language proficiency of CEFR Level B2. This can be shown in the following ways:

  1. Being a native English speaker.
  2. Heaving achieved IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.
  3. Having done your last two years of schooling in English.
  4. Passing our free English language test.

Career path

Completion of this course leads to several benefits: it will enhance your skills in academic research which will can lead to, or enhance, your career in a related position, it will usually count towards your CPD, and it can also provide learners with entry into fast tracked masters degree programmes.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.