This course seeks to provide students with the concepts, techniques and practical skills to undertake original research for their MDEV theses and beyond. It will begin by critically asking what it means to undertake (inter- or cross-) disciplinary research 'on' development, 'in' development studies, and/or 'for' development work. The bulk of the course will then focus on the design of qualitative studies, before emphasising the practical skills of data collection (document analysis, interview techniques, observation) and analysis (coding). Offering a comparative perspective on social inquiry across a number of relevant social-scientific disciplines and in relation to quantitative approaches, the course will also touch upon effective writing and presentation skills, evaluations and assessments in practitioner circles, research ethics, and the relationship between the social sciences and public life.