The modules ENGL419M and ENGL149LS are intended for all MA students and for new first year Ph.D. students who have not taken an MA at Lancaster (it is designed in accordance with UK research councils training guidance). Seminars will run across terms 1 and 2, and dissertation supervision and a conference will take place in term 3. The modules aim to equip you with a range of skills, approaches and competences to draw on as early career researchers in the field of English Literary Studies and/or Creative Writing. As generalist modules, they are designed to complement the more specialist training you receive in seminars and supervisions. The modules will include sessions on research and writing skills, working with archives, working with theory, and will encourage reflection on the work of literary research. The modules will be assessed by a portfolio of tasks (that will be outlined fully within the seminar sessions). In the summer term, the module will conclude with a conference – organised by the students themselves – at which they will all give a paper relating to their research.