Research Training Programme (RTP)

Registration for the 2015-16 Programme is now open. To register please complete the RTP Registration Form.

The Research Training Programme (RTP) consists of modules and short courses on research methods, theories and philosophies of the social sciences and humanities, thesis writing and other generic skills relevant to PhD study. The RTP is designed to complement more specialised subject or discipline-based training modules offered in the departments.

The RTP offers:

  • On-site modules and short courses
  • Distance learning modules (please note that these are provided for part-time and away students in the first instance, and they will be given precedence on these modules)

The RTP includes:

  • Modules for PhD students in the early stages of their studies, for example on research design and research methods
  • More advanced modules and short courses that are intended for more experienced research students already engaged in data gathering and data analysis

All our teaching is designed to help you considerably with aspects of your research, from design, to data collection and analysis, to writing up and successfully defending your thesis.


Who teaches on the Programme?

The RTP has two core tutors:

Andrew Dawson, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion

Lynne Pearce, Department of English and Creative Writing

Andrew and Lynne teach about thesis writing, supervision, ethics, qualitative research methods, writing for publication, ethics, and other topics.

To ensure that all aspects of research training that you may need are covered, other colleagues from across the Faculty offer modules in specific areas, including quantitative methods, data analysis, textual analysis and others.

There is a list of all modules on the Modules page.


Who are the RTP modules for?

All our modules are designed for research students. Some modules may also be attended by Masters students (who intend to study for a PhD the year after) or research staff (colleagues who are employed as researchers on projects). Students from other faculties can also attend our modules.


Do I pay to attend these modules?

No, the modules are free to both FASS and non-FASS students (but FASS students will be given precedence if modules are oversubscribed).