Programme content and structure
Researchers on the PhD programme are registered for either 4 years (full-time) or 6 years (part-time).
For all researchers the PhD programme begins with an induction week, normally held at the end of September. This sets the scene for the start of your PhD and provides an introduction to some of the sessions taught on the Core Research Methods Training Programme (please see note below).
Following this training programme, full-time and part-time researchers progress with their studies at a different rate; researchers meet more frequently with their supervisors, and formal assessment continues with progress reviews.
Throughout the course of your studies you will be given every opportunity for personal academic development through publishing and attendance at conferences and will be encouraged to fully participate in the wider research activities of the School.
You will also receive personal development training in the form of scheduled, practical sessions, including writing retreats, as well as supervisor-supported activities such as writing book reviews.
Seminars and events
Starting in your first year, you will be encouraged to attend a wide-range of School-wide seminars and events, including:
- Lunchtime research seminars – a successful series of presentations by faculty and visiting academics
- Research Centre meetings and activities
- The Doctoral Colloquia – a forum for researchers to present their research in a friendly, supportive environment, whilst also contributing to the School’s publishing activities. Researchers present after each review and prepare a paper for our Research Paper Series
Right from year 1, the School will support you in developing your publishing potential. By the time you reach the viva voce, you can expect to have produced at least two publications. We promote a list of recommended academic journals and regularly organise writing workshops to support researchers in this activity.
All PhD researchers are required to complete a thesis that demonstrates an original contribution to knowledge. Examination is based on the written work and its defence at a viva voce.
Please note that the doctoral pages are undergoing a re-design and will shortly reflect changes to the PhD programme starting 30th September 2013.
The new web pages will include details of the doctoral Core Research Methods Training Programme, which is compulsory for full-time and part-time researchers. This will be delivered over eight one week blocks (7 weeks in year one and one week at the start of year two for full time researchers; four weeks in both years one and year two for part time researchers). Please refer to the ‘Core Research Methods Training Programme’ section for the dates of these weeks in 2013 and 2014