There are a number of development opportunities available for researchers in the School.

This section gives specific information on the various training opportunities, both mandatory and optional, available to you on your programme.

SEED PGR training

Three core modules are compulsory for all first year PhD researchers (but open to all): 

  • Research Design and Methods (Semester 1)
  • Methodological Approaches to Qualitative Research (Semester 2)
  • Methodological Approaches to Quantitative Research (Semester 2)

These trainings provide an interdisciplinary platform which highlights current research conducted at the school, thereby entangling theory and practice as a pedagogical strategy. Emphasis is placed on the epistemological and ethical concerns surrounding the selection of each methodological alternative, examining issues of validation, consistency, and the production of truth-claims.

In addition to required training modules, a series of optional workshops are available throughout the academic year:

  • Methods masterclasses: Practical introductions to and reflections on commonly used research methods;
  • Skills series: Practical sessions related to various research-related skills, including publication, communication and career development.

Taught course units enrolment

PGRs may be permitted to enrol on course units delivered for the undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in Schools in the Faculty of Humanities subject to an agreement with the supervisor, class capacity and pre-requisite requirements. To request course enrolment, please consult the supervisory team and fill in the online request form. Requests will be forwarded to the School Teaching and Learning team to process. 

Development Needs Analysis (DNA)

Each researcher is expected to identify their professional development needs annually and create a training plan for the year. The exercise will cover researcher development areas including research methods knowledge and skills, information literacy and research skills, professional and career development, research integrity and professional conduct knowledge, engagement and impact knowledge and skills. For postgraduate research students in the Faculty of Humanities, the Development Needs Analysis can be carried out through an online survey which you can access from your eProg record.

Research integrity training

Research integrity training is a compulsory part of your postgraduate research programme. This is offered through an online system - Epigeum Impact that you can access free of charge. You will be able to access the system by following the guidance on the Research integrity page as well as from your eProg progression Research integrity milestone. When you have completed the online training, please upload Epigeum completion certificate to eProg against the Research integrity milestone. Your School support officer will verify the certificate and complete your milestone. Failure to complete the training may impact on the continuation of your programme.