Certificate course in Research Methodology

Duration and eligibility

The certificate course in Research Methodology is of one term duration. Lectures will be conducted in one week in the month of July. Full day sessions will be conducted for 6 working days. The course is open to PhD students and even to those who want to register for PhD. The student has to appear for the written examination and give a presentation at the end of the course.

Eligibility : Post-graduate degree in any discipline.

Note : The degree should be as specified by and of a University / Institute approved by the University Grants Commission / Association of Indian Universities.

Key Points

  • Duration
    6 Months
  • Course Fee
  • Course Type
  • Classes Schedule
    Saturday and Sunday


  • To introduce the learner to the concept of scientific research
  • To familiarise the learner with methodology, methods and techniques of research
  • To familiarise the learner with the various stages and procedures of Academic Research
  • To give the learner the hands on experience in conducting Research


Unit -1 Understanding the Research Process

  • What is scientific research
  • The preservation of marine sites in situ and handling of objects from such sites
  • Characteristics of scientific methodology
  • Qualities of a good researcher
  • General rules of Academic research
  • Types of research
  • Steps of scientific research

Unit -2 Problem identification and preparatory work
  • Exploratory field work and Identifying the Research area
  • Narrowing on a specific topic: formulation and delimiting a problem
  • Justification of the problem: Theoretical, Practical
  • Defining Aims and Objectives

Unit-3 Bibliographic Research
  • What is literature Survey? Role of literature survey and Field work
  • Overview and report of previous research
  • Reading and note taking
  • Reading maps
  • Preparing entries: bibliography/references- Books, magazines, journals, websites, workshops, seminars.

Unit -4 Research Design
  • What is Research Design?
  • Preparing a research design: Steps in research design
  • Building up Conceptual framework and Research models
  • What is hypothesis?
  • Role of hypothesis, origin ,types of hypothesis and hypothesis testing in scientific research

Unit – 5 Methodology, Methods, tools and Techniques
  • Traditional research methodologies (10) Historical, Philosophical, Comparative, Explanatory, Descriptive, Psychological, Statistical, Deductive and inductive, Metaphysical, legal institutional, functional etc.
  • Methods of research: survey research, case studies, qualitative and quantitative methods, ethnographic method etc
  • Tools and Techniques: Observation, interviews, Questionnaire

Unit -6 Data processing and analysis and interpretation
  • Data processing: Classification and categorization of data
  • Data analysis
  • Data interpretation
  • Using computers and technology for research

Unit -7 Report writing
  • Research ethics: Avoiding plagiarism, Quotations: short, medium, long, Internet Citations, Foot note, end note.
  • Report writing
  • Writing a research paper
  • Publication: Instructions: spacing, numbering, heading, margin, ibid. etc.
  •  How to prepare a PPT presentation

At the end of the course a learner should know about different methods, techniques and Methodologies of scientific research he also should be able to make a presentation of his research paper (selected in consultation with Research guide) with a focus on (all) what he has learned during the course: selection of appropriate topic, bibliography entries, aims and objective, etc.

Course Duration: One Term

Assistant Professor
Dr. Pradnya Kulkarni
Dept. of Sanskrit and Lexicography, Course coordinator,
Certificate course in Research Methodology ,
Deccan College Post-graduate and Research Institute,
Yerawada, Pune-411006.
Contact- 9673996566,
Intercom- 306

Fee Structure

No tuition and exam fees will be charged for the PhD students of Deccan College (Those who have registered for PhD with Deccan College)

Outside students will be charged Rs.3000/- as the fees for the one term course. This includes the tuition fees and exam fees for the course.

Registration fee Rs.500 should be paid by all the students in cash on the first day of lectures at the time registration (Course kit will be provided along with the syllabus). Library facility will be provided to the outside students as per the university library rules.

How to apply

The students can fill up the forms available online on the website of the University. Outside students should pay the fees and then fill the form as they have to give the payment details in the form. (form fees Rs.50 will be charged at the time of form submission)

  • Application incomplete in any sense will not be considered for admission
  • If the final degree examination result is not declared the candidate shall submit statement of marks of previous year (First year) Masters examination mark sheet.
  • Admission to a course will initially remain provisional. It will be confirmed when all the documents specified below are submitted and accepted at the time of registration. A notice for the submission of eligibility application along with the below mentioned documents will be issued after the provisional admission process is over. Failure to submit the documents then will be viewed seriously by the authorities and action will be taken as per rules against the defaulting student.

List of Enclosures

  • Mark-list of the last qualifying examination.
  • Degree / Passing certificate of the last qualifying exam <
  • A letter of confirmation of the admission will be issued to the candidate after all the documents specified in (b) above have been submitted, verified and found in order.

Exam Structure

A minimum of 75 percent attendance at lectures and completion of assignments will be necessary for qualifying to appear for the examination. Examination will be conducted at the end of the one term course.

The university Examination will consist of a written test of 20 marks and presentation of 70 marks. Assignments given during the course will be judged for 10 marks. The student has to give a presentation on a fresh topic. This presentation will be judged by the external subject experts.

Terms of Passing

To be eligible to pass in the examination of the course a student should secure minimum passing percentage of 50% i.e. 50 marks out of 100 marks (Written test and presentation marks taken together. however, minimum 7 marks in the written test are required ).