Central Research Modules
|Full time PhD||
Students are expected to complete a minimum of 40 credits of institutionally-provided research training within the first two years.
It is expected that a minimum of 20 credits will be taken in the first year, and any remaining credits in the second year.
|Full time MPhil||Students are expected to complete a minimum of 10 credits of institutionally-provided research training|
Social Sciences remit
Full-time PhD students are required to take the following two Core Modules (compulsory requirement),
plus at least one further module, chosen from the full list below (ensuring the total credit count is at least 40):
Arts & Humanities remit
|Full time students are expected to choose 40 credits from the list below.|
Science remit (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC)
|Full time students are expected to choose 40 credits from the list below|
These requirements are determined according to the individual student’s research area. Research postgraduates are initially required to discuss their research area with their supervisor / department, and decide which remit their research falls under. Students must then discuss which modules would be most suitable with their supervisors before registering for them.
The Graduate School currently manages 27 central research modules (click on links below for details.) (The credit value of each module is indicated by the last two digits of the module code.)
Research Skills and Personal Development
This module aims to give research students in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences, a broad knowledge of a range of transferable skills that they can apply in a variety of research contexts. The module will cover personal development, including skills in negotiating and networking, academic writing, research management, teamworking and writing and presenting a conference paper. The module also covers IT skills, both general and in an applied research context.
There is also a ten credit version of this module available. PGM2210
Sgiliau Ymchwil a Datblygiad Personol
Nod y modiwl hwn yw darparu myfyrwyr ymchwil ag ystod eang o sgiliau trosglwyddadwy a fydd o ddefnydd iddynt mewn amryw o gyd-destunau ymchwil. Bydd yn ymdrin â datblygiad personol, gan gynnwys sgiliau negodi a rhwydweithio, rheoli ymchwil, gweithio mewn tîm ac ysgrifennu a chyflwyno papur cynhadledd. Bydd hefyd yn ymdrin â sgiliau TG, yn bennaf mewn cyd-destun ymchwil, a materion penodol sy'n codi wrth ymgymryd ag ymchwil yn y Gymraeg, yn ddwyieithog neu'n amlieithog.
Principles of Research Design
This module aims to give research students an understanding of the basic principles of research design and strategy. It will enable them to demonstrate their capacity to: identify and formulate their research questions clearly and succinctly, analyse them or break them down into relevant sets of sub-questions, and, where appropriate, formulate testable hypotheses; explain why their research questions are significant in the context of their discipline/research subfields, what kinds of question theirs epistemologically are, and what kinds of data/materials, or grounds of argumentation, are necessary to address their questions; and to produce a realistic plan of action, paying attention to any legal and ethical issues that they may encounter in their research processes.
Ways of Reading
This module, consisting of a two day programme, provides an introduction to different approaches to the interpretation and analysis of texts and types of discourse, including historical and contemporary documents, print and broadcast media, literary material, legal and educational texts. Since contemporary forms of communication are becoming increasingly multi-modal, the module covers both the verbal and visual dimensions of texts and examines some of the ways in which verbal and visual signs are inter-linked in different kinds of texts and in different channels of communication. The aim of the module is to enable students to engage with different methods of text and discourse analysis and to develop an understanding of the ways in which these methods are embedded in particular traditions of theory-building.
Modiwl deuddydd dwys yw hwn sy'n rhoi cyflwyniad i wahanol ddulliau o ddehongli a dadansoddi testunau a gwahanol fathau o ddisgwrs, gan gynnwys dogfennau hanesyddol a chyfoes, y cyfryngau a'r gair llafar, deunydd llenyddol a thestunau cyfreithiol. Gan fod cyfathrebu cyfoes yn gynyddol amlfodd o ran ffurf, rhoddir sylw i'r dimensiynau gweledol a llafar mewn testun a'r cydgysylltiadau rhwng y gweledol a'r llafar mewn gwahanol fathau o destun a ffurfiau o gyfathrebu. Nod y modiwl yw galluogi myfyrwyr i weithio gyda gwahanol ddulliau o ddadansoddi testunau a disgyrsiau. Byddant hefyd yn deall sut mae'r dulliau hyn yn perthyn i wahanol draddodiadau damcaniaethol.
Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis Techniques
This module aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of a range of methodological and analytical skills, which they can apply in a variety of research contexts. The module is aimed at students who have previously studied basic quantitative techniques. This module covers advanced statistical methodologies which can be applied in the context of PhD study in the sciences. This can include advanced time series analysis, event study methodology and performance measurement. Practical sessions will provide insights to the application of the techniques, including the use of relevant software.
Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis
This module aims to give students a broad knowledge of a range of methodological and analytical skills, which they can apply in a variety of research contexts. As well as giving students a grounding in the basic principles of quantitative research methodology, the module will (i) look at how data can be described, (ii) introduce a range of statistical tests commonly used, and (iii) explore what the results mean in terms of the research question posed. The module comprises lectures, and the delivery will involve hands-on lab work using an appropriate statistical package.
Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
This module aims to give students a broad knowledge of a range of qualitative methodological and analytical skills, which they can apply in a variety of research contexts. The course is designed to give students a grounding in the basic principles of qualitative research methodology. It will (i) provide students with an introduction to the major methods of qualitative data collection and analysis, (ii) show how qualitative data are actively constructed and interpreted by the researcher, and (iii) foster an appreciation of the practical and epistemological concerns raised by qualitative data collection. Topics include, questionnaire design, interviewing techniques, survey design, qualitative data analysis methods and mixed methods.
There is also a 10 credit version of this module available. PGM1710
Manuscript Skills: Post Medieval Palaeography and Diplomatic
This module considers the historical development of handwriting (palaeography) in Britain between c1450 and c1800, the characteristics of specific types of script, the principles of transcription and other editorial methods, and the development of common form in formal documents (diplomatic). Practical and technical skills in reading and transcription are developed through applying theory to practice in a wide range of manuscript material under careful guidance.
Research Skills and Personal Development for Scientists
This module aims to give research students in the Sciences, a broad knowledge of a range of transferable skills that they can apply in a variety of research contexts. The module will cover personal development, including skills in negotiating and networking, academic writing, research management, teamworking and writing and presenting a conference paper. The module also covers IT skills, both general and in an applied research context.
This module is also available inb a ten credit version. PGM2310
Public Engagement and Impact
In recent years RCUK has placed additional emphasis on the importance of public engagement and impact and this module will allow PhD students to explore key aspects. The module will be held in two parts. The first part will be an intensive single day workshop. This will start with a number of "taught" sessions to introduce public engagement and impact aspects. These "taught" sessions are followed with a hands-on session with the aim to generate public engagement material (both text and visual aspects). In the final session of the first day workshop the results of the previous session are presented and discussed. The second part of the module will be a contribution to a public engagement event. The default for this will be an exhibition for the general public (e.g. in the Arts Centre or in Old College), with the expectation that each PhD student will contribute a visual/text display and that they will present at the opening reception.
Ways of Working
This module will introduce postgraduate students to a range of practice-based research methodologies, including film & media, image, text, performance and sound. Such methodologies are inherently interdisciplinary and intersect with history, geography, politics and languages through, for example, rich and innovative ethnographic techniques and philosophical engagement. In this way, the module is useful for students undertaking practice-based work within the arts as well as those seeking alternative methodologies (such as visual, sonic, performative) to support research from other fields. The module presents a series of lectures that address ideas of visualising, imagining and experiencing geographical, cultural, emotional and spiritual ideas of place and space, before leading into tutorial-based sessions that work with students to develop appropriate practice-based methodologies within their own research projects.
Leadership for Researchers
The module aims to introduce postgraduate researchers to the subject of leadership and to apply ideas about leadership traits, styles and behaviours in the context of the research process. This module is designed to provide elective content within the programme offered as RT for PGR students. The purpose of this module is to introduce postgraduate researchers to the range and models of leadership, to apply these models in the context of managing and leading research teams, and to provide students with the opportunity to explore through experiential learning leadership styles and behaviours.
Political Research, Philosophy, Methods and Applications
The aim of this course is to familiarise students with the process of conducting advanced research in political science and international relations. The course picks up many of the themes covered in the generic research-training programme and addresses them from a political science perspective. It is intended to give students the necessary tools to competently understand empirical political research, as well proving a sophisticated set of research skills necessary in order to complete graduate-level research. It is designed to provide a thorough advanced education in the application, appreciation and understanding of a range of research methods relating to political phenomena. It covers both quantitative and qualitative perspectives and emphasises the necessity of both forms of analysis.
Research Skills in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science
This module aims to give PhD students a broad knowledge of a range of subject specific skills that they can apply in a variety of research interests. In particular, it will develop the ability of students to undertake independent research projects. Each of the constituent departments of IMPaCS will encourage, provide, and monitor discipline-specific training to research students in the Institute. Due to the diverse nature of the research being undertaken within the institute, for example experimental, numerical and theoretical, a range of activities are planned and students should choose those most relevant to their work.
Statistics for Experimental Scientists
The module aims to provide an understanding of the principles of research design: the ability to statistically analyse data and the subsequent interpretation of such analyses are essential for the Sciences. This module builds on basic statistical principles that would have been covered at undergraduate level and develops procedures relevant to science subject areas. The module is comprised of a series of self-contained, e-learning based units delivered entirely through Blackboard but supported by optional workshops to provide help as required. A core of compulsory units will reinforce elements of basic statistics while a broader range of more advanced techniques will be available for students to select from according to study scheme and dissertation topic. The statistical techniques will be demonstrated using SPSS, a statistical package fully supported by the University.
Research Seminar Skills in the Life Sciences
This module aims to give PhD students a broad knowledge of a range of subject specific skills that they can apply in a variety of research interests. In particular, it will develop the ability of students to appreciate the relevance of research beyond their immediate area of study. IBERS runs a series of weekly research seminars, involving speakers from AU (mostly IBERS but also DGES etc.) and external visiting speakers. Students participating in this module would be expected to attend a minimum of 12 of these seminars during semesters 1 and 2, and to submit 300 word abstracts for six of these.
Grants Development Workshops
This module is aimed at the development of a research grant and will provide the students with an awareness of the full process involved, which will cover the writing process, an understanding of funding bodies, the documentation and financial requirements, and the panel assessment process.
Reading and Writing Development Group
This module provides students with experience in reading, discussing and critically assessing publications and research. It could also cover the writing of a critical literature review. The expectation is that students will be actively involved in the development process and contribute to the module and evaluation process.
Theoretical Foundations of Research in Law and Criminology
This module provides an overview and discussion of the theoretical underpinning of Law and Criminology as disciplines for study and research. It explains how the subject areas of law and ‘criminal science’ have been theorised and developed in Western discourse and indicates the main trends in contemporary critical debate and argument. By providing an insight and understanding of the underlying theoretical basis and structure of these subject areas, it enables researchers to gain an appreciation of the distinctive role and methods of Law and Criminology as disciplines in the broader fields of humanities and social science.
Skills in Bioinformatics for Biologists
Bioinformatics skills become increasingly important for postgraduate students and have been highlighted by IBERS PG students as an area for which more training should be provided. This module addresses this by providing PG students with a Bioinformatics module that allows the students to select the topic most relevant to their work from a range of existing modules.
The Research Writing Programme
The Research Writing Programme is aimed at second year PhD students. It focuses on a range of structural and stylistic issues in the research writing process. It considers the range of audiences that candidates may be writing for and the different types of research outputs and public engagement events that they may be writing for. It is particularly well placed for students who are mid-way through their research work, but are still considering options and approaches for the finalization of the thesis and related documents. Candidates are encouraged to reflect on their own strategies and writing styles in relation to a series of seminars and workshops and talks from writing experts around the university. Through the programme candidates reinforce what is already working in their writing and consider new or adapted strategies for further writing development.
This module will equip research students with knowledge about entrepreneurship, most likely related to their own research project. The module will develop a set of generic skills (eg. proposal writing) and apply these to entrepreneurship developments. It covers theory and practical aspects. The module is a mix between background knowledge, sharing experience and practical work which will cumulate in a draft business proposal and Dragon’s Den type of event.
In order to read and interpret medieval manuscript sources, students must understand the historical development of the handwriting in which they are written (palaeography) and the development of 'common form' in formal documents (diplomatic). Practical skills (including language) are developed through exercises in reading, transcription and calendaring.
This module introduces postgraduate students to key primary sources in the modern humanities and social sciences, and provides them with essential research training in the methodologies and approaches required to utilise these sources in their own research, through a series of three-hour workshops tailored to the student's individual research needs.
This modules is an advanced Latin reading class. It will allow students to develop further their Latin reading skills, and to deal with the particular requirements of their research. It will bring them to a level where they can master texts of intermediate difficulty, and where, with the help of a dictionary, they will be able to engage successfully with some of the more advanced materials.