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FASS506M Designing, Undertaking and Surviving Doctoral Research - Cohort 1


Module description

This short module is offered in two cohorts, one in Michaelmas Term and the other in Lent Term - you should register for either Cohort 1 or Cohort 2, not both.

Outline syllabus

  • Introduction to PhD study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Processes, procedures and practices - an overview of PhD study year-by-year
  • What problems might PhD students come across and how could they be solved? 'Oldies' share their experiences
  • Doing a PhD in Law


Aims and objectives

This short module is addressed to new research students. It offers a general introduction to PhD study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. We will provide an overview of the main stages of doing a PhD in the Faculty.

As part of the module, you will have the opportunity to share and discuss with other PhD students your expectations for the PhD, your concerns and hopes. Together, we will think through the process of doing a PhD, how best to organise your work and how to deal with difficulties that may arise. The emphasis of the module is on sharing experiences and expectations. To achieve this, two PhD students who are about to finish or have just passed their viva will share their experiences with us.

The module is addressed to students from all Departments. As part of the morning, there will be a separate session for students who are interested in law or will study in the Law School.  This session will look at the practicalities of researching and writing a law PhD, including the relevant methods and methodologies.


Reading list

Dunleavy, P. (2010), Authoring a PhD: how to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation. London: Palgrave. 2nd edition.

Peelo, M. T. (2010), Understanding supervision and the PhD. London: Continuum.


Timing and Location





Number of sessions:

2 x 2 hour sessions

Timing and Location:

Tuesday, Week 6, 10.00-12.00 and 2.00-4.00, Bowland North Seminar Room 02


Additional information

Minimum quota: 6

Maximum quota: 25


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