OTHM Level 7 Certificate
in Research Methods

About Course

Qualification Number: 603/5746/0

The objective of the OTHM Level 7 Certificate in Research Methods qualification is to develop learners’ ability to prepare for various types of academically based research through the development and design of a research proposal.

Learners will develop a critical understanding of the philosophical, practical and ethical concepts of research within the context of any environment.

Entry requirements


The OTHM Level 7 Certificate in Research Methods is on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) at the same level as master’s degrees which can be used to build up credits towards further study.

Qualification structure

The OTHM Level 7 Certificate in Research Methods consists of 1 mandatory unit of 20 credits, 200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 100 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Mandatory units

Duration and delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over 6 – 12 months to accommodate learners’ needs. The qualification is delivered via blended learning (i.e., mainly online and face-to-face when required).

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.


You’ll earn 20 credits at master’s level (Level 7) on successful completion of this course. You can use your credits towards further study, including progress to an MBA top-up at London Graduate School.

For more information visit University Progressions at: https://othm.org.uk/university-progression

As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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