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Research Skills Courses

In addition to the training specific to each discipline provided at the department/faculty level, there is a wide range of generic research training sessions available for MPhil and PhD students at the ADD throughout the academic year.

Below is an outline of our programme for 2013/14 and new sessions will be added in due course. We advise that you carry out a Training Needs Assessment with your supervisors and research tutors and select your sessions accordingly.

The Core Chapter Writing course is designed to help MPhil students in preparing their PhD upgrade papers. There are three groups, each with four sessions. Students must attend all sessions.

The Poster Presentation Skills workshop is designed to help students prepare poster presentations, an increasingly popular medium to communicate research at academic conferences. This workshop consists of two parts and only those who attend the first part can attend the second.

We also provide training for NVivo 10, a Windows-based software package for managing and analysing qualitative data, guidance on how to handle copyrighted material in a thesis, and a Saturday Writing Boot Camp, a day-long event for focused writing time and peer support. On this day there will also be a parallel session for part-time MPhil students, offering a summary of the Core Chapter Writing course.

In Term 2, there will be a course introducing students to quantitative methods and a series of stand-alone workshops on qualitative methods such as interviews, focus groups, and participant observation. The quantitative methods course is brought to you by the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences.

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