Certificate Course in Research Methodology and Academic Writing

The course aims to introduce students of Philosophy and Religious Studies to the concept of research particularly in the humanities and social sciences, its modes and related approaches. Along with specific methodologies of research, students will be introduced to the varieties of text - oral sources, primary written sources and secondary sources – as well as frameworks for critical thinking including, but not limited to, hermeneutics and deconstruction.

A major aim of the course is to encourage reflection on the relationship between power, privilege and social location and how it impacts writing.The course will also expose students to the ethics of research - the challenges of plagiarism, the problem of conflict of interests, etc.   An integral part of the course is the Academic Writing Workshop which seeks to equip students with an understanding of the components and requirements of conducting and presenting research.

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Key Information


1.Postgraduate students registered for research (M.A./ M.Phil. / Ph.D.) in any university across India in the disciplines of Philosophy and/or Religious Studies (Buddhist Studies/Jainology/Comparative Religion).  

 2. Students doing M.A. Research/ M.Phil can upload a copy of B.A. Degree 


Teaching-learning occurs in primarily in lecture format, but workshops add a practical dimension. The course will be taught by a team consisting of professors teaching religion, humanities and social sciences in different universities, independent researchers, as well as experts from the world of publishing.


Academic Research: Meaning and Role Methodologies and Approaches (Philosophy Track OR Religious Studies Track)
Hermeneutical Themes The Ethics of Academic Research


The Centre for Buddhist Studies has led the field in innovative curriculum design and this programme reflects the commitment at the Centre to engage with students to support research with a grounding in methodology. In addition, by attending workshops on creative writing students can develop their own ways of presenting their research effectively.

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies has a library with over 30,000 books, which is an important resource.

In addition to the workshops that are an integral part of this programme, students can attend seminars, workshops and field trips that are offered by the institution across the various disciplines. This creates opportunities of learning beyond the classroom and permits interaction with students pursuing different interests: this is a key feature of the learning experience on our campus.

The most unique aspect of our Centre is community engagement at our outreach project, Jetavan, in rural Maharashtra, which is available for students to visit and volunteer for engagement. The centre has been set up in collaboration with Godavari Biorefineries and Ven. Dhammadipa.

Programme Outcomes

At the end of successful completion of the course the student will be able to conduct independent research present its outcome in a suitable format.