The University has excellent study, support and social
facilities. As a research student, your Academic Department will appoint
at least two suitably qualified and experienced members of staff to supervise
your research and advise you on appropriate reading, research methods courses
and other relevant information.
Your supervisory team will consist of a Director of Studies
(who is responsible for the overall management of your programme) and at least
one Co-Supervisor (who will bring additional expertise to the team). In some
cases, particularly if you are conducting your research outside of the UK, an
external Co-Supervisor may also be appointed to help guide you in your
research. Further information on the role of the supervisory team can be found
in the Research Degree Handbook.
The University offers a comprehensive Research Student
Development Programme, including research methods training based in each of the
major disciplinary areas, arts & humanities, social sciences and sciences.
Research Centres, to which research students belong, organise research seminar
series. The Graduate School provides generic training for the doctoral study
and broader research and career issues.
There is also support available for English and foreign language training,
including skills, IT and information retrieval etc.
Because every research degree is unique, each student will
have their own particular training requirements based on their individual
circumstances and prior experience. Students are advised to work closely with
their supervisors to identify training needs and monitor these throughout their
programmes. The current programme is available on the Graduate School Moodle site.