Critical Research - Foundation Futures & Skills

Certificate Critical Research (Foundation,Futures + Skills).

Traditionally, research approaches could be categorised in ways such as science, humanities or art practice-based research. Increasingly, inter- and multi-disciplinary movements are calling for more collaboration between these areas, while preserving an empirical (evidence-based) approach.

Throughout the course the research methods are discussed in the context of real research studies. The course emphasises questions, discussion and debate around the content.

Subjects taught

What topics will I study?
The content may vary from year to year and at times the work can be driven by a student's own interest. The general content is as follows:

The research process,
What makes good research,
Research paradigms,
The role of the internet in supporting research,
Research ethics,
Hypothesis generation and testing,
Research design,
Surveys and online questionnaires,
Ethnographic research,
Experimental designs,
Observation studies,
Tests and scales,
Mixed-method approaches,
Analysis and interpretation (qualitative and quantitative),
Proposal writing,
Publishing research,
Communication of results,
Critical thinking skills.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level.

Applicants may also be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the RPL (recognition of prior learning) process.

Shortlisted applicants may be called for interview.

Application dates

Application Deadline
IADT operates a rolling admissions policy for graduate taught courses, with decisions issued in 4 weeks after a submitted and complete application is received. An application is incomplete until you provide all required items on the checklist (including the application fee, if applicable).

Generally, courses will remain open to applications until all places are filled.


20 weeks.

How will this course be delivered?
This course will be offered online on Wednesday evenings (7pm – 9pm) from the September 2023 to the March 2024. There is a possibility that one or two classes may be face to face, in which case these classes will also be made available online.

Post Course Info

Future careers
On successful completion, students will be able to:

- Develop appropriate and interesting research questions,

- Design an empirical research study (e.g. experiment, survey, observation, interview, use of tests and scales),

- Identify and evaluate alternative research designs,

- Critically evaluate empirical research findings and reports,

- Communicate the findings of an empirical research study to a wider audience through alternative methods (e.g. poster, website, oral presentation, empirical APA style report).

The knowledge and skills you have acquired will be invaluable in a wide range of careers and activities, and so can be applied to virtually any research related endeavour. This course will be highly relevant to individuals who:

- Wish to update or develop their research skills,
- Want to become familiar with the latest trends or debates in research,
- Are currently engaged in an on-going research project,
- Would like to engage in multi-, cross- or inter-disciplinary work.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Evening,Blended

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