Handbook for Supervisors of Research Postgraduates

Appendix B

Research Training Compact

It is University policy that all postgraduate research students receive appropriate research training. Full-time AHRC -remit PhDstudents are typically required to take a basic 30 credits of institutionally-provided research training over the first two years of study. Part-time AHRC -remit PhDstudents are recommended to take a basic 30 credits of institutionally-provided research training over the first four years of study. This basic provision comprises:

  1. PGM0120 - Research Skills and Personal Development (usually in the first year)*
  2. Either PGM0410 - Ways of Reading
    Or PGM0210 - Principles of Research Design
    (usually in the second year)

This basic provision is supplemented by:

PGM0330 Data Collection and Data Analysis
The Writing School (2nd and 3rd year students only; limited numbers)
Language Skills

Full details of the modules listed above can be found in the Research Training and Development Programme Handbook.

This provision is complemented by departmental research training and by specific training tailored to the individual student's needs (e.g. information technology or language development).

At the beginning of each academic year, the PhDstudent and supervisor will meet to assess the research training needs of the student, and to agree a programme to address these needs. The outcome of these meetings will be recorded in the Compact document and reported to the Faculty Research Monitoring Committee. In addition to the University Research Training and Development Programme and departmental research training, the Department (if appropriate, in consultation with the Director of Postgraduate Studies) will seek to address any research training which is required to secure the successful completion of the research project.

For information about monitoring of research postgraduate students at departmental and faculty level, please consult your departmental research postgraduate handbook.

*Suitably qualified doctoral students can apply to the Postgraduate Studies Office for exemption from elements of the Research Training Programme. For details of exemptions and copies of the exemption form, see the Research Training and Development Programme Handbook.