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Introduction to the Faculty and the Research Training Programme

Registration for the 2015-16 Programme will open in September 2015, and must be done on the RTP registration form, which will be available from the link on the right.

What is the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Research Training Programme?

The RTP modules are 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 stucents 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:

Uta Papen, Department of Linguistics and English Language

Lynne Pearce, Department of English and Creative Writing

Uta and Lynne teach about thesis writing, supervision, ethics, qualitative research methods, writing for publication 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?

If you are a research student in FASS, the modules are free (but the departments of non-FASS students will be expected to pay for most modules).

How do I enrol? Is there a lot of bureaucracy involved in registering for modules?

No; it's a quick and straightforward process.

  • For research students registered in a department, centre or institute based in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (check this list if you are not sure about this), there are just two simple steps to be taken. First discuss the courses in the Modules Handbook with your supervisor(s), who will help you to assess your training needs. Then simply complete the registration form (available by October 2014) and email it to

    Please make sure to register for any modules you wish to take, whether or not you intend to undertake assessment for them.

    NB  You should not assume that you definitely have a place on a module for which you have signed up, as if modules are oversubscribed we will need to operate a quota, and it may be necessary to give precedence to other students.  We will contact you towards the end of Michaelmas Term to remind you of your enrolments for Lent Term, and towards the end of Lent Term to remind you of your enrolments for Summer Term.
  • Students registered in departments, centres or institutes outside the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences should also sign up for modules in the same way, but they must also ask their  Head of Department to email to confirm that the Department is willing to pay for their attendance on the modules.  Where the number of students wishing to take a module exceeds the maximum quota of students who may enrol, students from the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences will be given first preference.
  • We would advise that, as far as possible, you should apply as soon as you are able, rather than waiting until the term in which modules run.  This gives you a better chance of being given a place on the module, and allows us to plan better. .

Important note it is essential to register for those modules you wish to take and to deregister from any you decide you no longer wish to take.  This helps us to prepare for modules (eg booking a suitably-sized room) and ensures that students who wish to take a module on which a quota is applied don’t miss out because other people accepted on to the module don’t turn up.  It also means that students have access to online module materials for the appropriate modules, and that, if we need to contact students about a module, we are contacting all the correct people.   In addition, students’ attendance at previous RTP modules will be taken into consideration when we are applying quotas to modules that are oversubscribed. 

If you wish to withdraw from a particular module, or if you are unable to attend one or more individual sessions of a module on which you have registered, please email fass‑ to let us know.

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RTP 2015-16

Information about the RTP for 2015-16 is being added to these pages as and when it becomes available. Registration will open in September 2015 and must be done on the RTP registration form.

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