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Introduction to the Faculty and the Research Training Programme

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

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

The 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 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, 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).  

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

No; it's a quick and straightforward process.

  • 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, save it as a Word document, 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.  For modules running in Michaelmas Term, we will confirm registrations as soon as we can (which may be after some modules have started) so until you have heard from us please go to the modules you want to take.  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.
  • 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. We understand, however, that your training needs may change.  It is fine to register for modules throughout the year.

Notes on completing the registration form:

  • If a module is only available to students in specific years of study, you should only register for it if you are in the correct year.
  • If a module is offered both by attendance and by distance learning, you should register either to attend it or to take it by distance learning, not both. Please note that the distance learning modules are provided for part-time and away students in the first instance, and they will be given precedence on these modules. This applies to:
    • FASS507/FASS507d
    • FASS508/FASS509
    • FASS512/FASS512d
    • FASS516d/FASS516M/FASS516L
    • FASS521/FASS521d
    • FASS619/FASS619d
    • FASS620/FASS620d
  • If a module has two or more cohorts, you should only register for one of these. This applies to:
    • FASS506M/FASS506L
    • FASS516M/FASS516L
    • FASS612/FASS612S
  • If you want to take FASS510, you should not register also for the individual elements of this module, ie FASS610-616 and FASS630.
  • If you have taken a module once, you will not be able to repeat it in a later year.

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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