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Postgraduate training and development

PhD students at St Mary’s are integrated into the research activities of academic schools in a variety of ways. Full-time students are members of school research clusters. The needs of and expectations of part-time students will vary and can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Attendance at conferences and seminars are an important part of the research student training programme at St Mary’s. A number of events are arranged each year for all PhD students, especially on cross-disciplinary topics.

PhD students give and can attend seminars within schools and attend special school-based research days. There is also a wide range of public lectures and events given by high profile speakers, which PhD students regularly attend.

Development programme content

In the first year of study a central programme of training, aligned to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, is available to all research students. Additional resources complement this and are available through our awarding bodies for research degrees, Liverpool Hope University and the University of Surrey.

Online training provision is also available via the UEA Online PGR Training Series. This virtual resource is particularly suitable to part-time students and students based overseas.

In the second and third year, there is a Career Development Programme that is designed for students who wish to follow careers inside or outside academia. Part-time and professional doctorate students can attend those parts of the career development programme they deem appropriate.

In addition, the St Mary’s Experts in Residence group are willing to use their experience to provide unique advice to PhD students periodically.


Researcher development programme (RDP) 2017/18

The annual RDP covers a range of topics including the following:

  • Research Student Induction and the PhD lifecycle
  • Research Integrity and Ethics
  • Research Methods
  • Project Management
  • Academic Publishing
  • Professional Networking
  • Preparing for the Viva