Aims/Description: This course provides training throughout the doctoral programme that supports student's high-level engagement with their field of research, integrates them within the research culture of the department, and guides their preparation for key milestones, including thesis submission. Initial year-1 training focuses on providing an understanding of the research process and how student topics fit within broader theoretical and methodological fields and agendas, whilst supporting students' development of core knowledge, independent research skill, and wider professional skills that are necessary for successful completion of doctoral study. Here, relevant research approaches and their different methods and components (such as fieldwork) are introduced, students are guided through formulation of an initial research idea and the initial planning of their project (including the preparation of a formal research proposal and other documents that are required to obtain mandatory project approval), and strategies that enable effective engagement in the supervision process employed at doctoral level are explored. Development of complementary professional skills is supported through opportunities for peer-to-peer presentation of research ideas, and through the integration of students within the department's wider PhD student community, within which there is active peer-to-peer learning. Subsequent training, including at years 2 and 3, is delivered via recurring annual workshops that reinforce the expectations of doctoral research and provide bespoke support for preparation for compulsory milestones, including key reflective milestones at year 2 and 3, and eventual thesis submission.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study

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Teaching methods and assessment displayed on this page are indicative for 2021-22. Students will be informed by the academic department of any changes made necessary by the ongoing pandemic.

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK