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Research skills for university (Online)

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Take your research skills to the next level. 

Research skills are no longer just a critical requirement for those studying at university. It’s an attractive skillset to have in preparation for any career in the 21st century, with more and more jobs relying on data analysis and research-based communication.

This course is the perfect introduction to different approaches to conducting and analysing research literature – useful skills for critical research-led assignments like investigative reports, dissertation, thesis or PhD.

This two-week online course will not only provide an overview of the tools you need to get into your chosen university, but give you a good understanding of what it takes to achieve success during your studies and final thesis or research project.


Minimum age
Minimum language level
Upper Intermediate B2 (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent)
Maximum class size
Weekly hours
15 hours
Course length
2 weeks
Course start date
25 January 2021
8 March 2021

Course overview

On this course, you will:

  • Identify appropriate and relevant sources to strengthen the quality of your work and independent research
  • Be introduced to qualitative and quantitative data collection and research studies
  • Learn about research trends in literature
  • Critically analyse research and identify research gaps for your dissertation or thesis
  • Understand how ethical and political issues can affect practical empirical research
  • Understand key perspectives, theories and research methodologies

Who is this for?

This is an ideal for students aspiring to study at university – at both undergraduate or postgraduate level. Students should have Upper Intermediate B2 language level and an interest in developing their academic writing skills to help them excel at university and stand out from the crowd.

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Develop your skills toolkit.

Studying at university will be incredibly rewarding. Prepare for different styles of assessment and academic research by strengthening your advanced-level academic language skills.

You will learn fundamental research skills to effectively tackle research-based assignments, like your dissertation or thesis – that significantly affect your final grade.

You will get an overview of the advanced study skills that are needed to help you perform your best when asked to complete tasks, assignments and exams at university. These may also be different to skills you have learned in your own country, so we will support you to understand how to implement basic techniques to help you gain high marks at university-level.

Topics covered:

Your course will be tailored to focus on the specific needs and priorities of the group so content may be adapted to best suit your and the group.

Smart search skills for quality research
Qualitative research approaches
Quantitative research approaches
Research ethics
Primary and secondary research
Research methodologies
Referencing and citation
Effective search tools and software
Identifying research trends
Communicating with others online

Upcoming dates

DELTA online learning


25 January 2021 - 05 February 2021
DELTA online learning


08 March 2021 - 19 March 2021

Our course includes

Sample timetable


University preparation online course sample timetable

Book all 3 online university preparation courses and save £150

Student collaborating on online English course

Academic writing for university (Online)

11 January 2021 | 22 February 2021
  • Learn new academic language skills
  • Strengthen academic vocabulary and fluency
  • Understand critical reasoning and writing
  • Analyse academic arguments and express opinions
Student on Bell Online on his iPad

Research skills for university (Online)

25 January 2021 | 8 March 2021
  • Gain new academic language skills
  • Identify different approaches to research
  • Analyse literature and identify research gaps
  • Understand a range of research methods
Student collaborating with others to practise English

Critical thinking for university (Online)

8 February 2021 | 22 March 2021
  • Learn approaches to critical thinking and writing
  • Use evidence to build arguments and ideas
  • Present your views clearly and tactfully
  • Reflect on your assumptions, beliefs and values