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Research Training Provision

Here you will find a summary of training opportunities provided for MPhil/PhD students provided both across SOAS and at other institutions.

Table of Contents

  1. Academic Development Directorate 
  2. Arts and Humanities Faculty
  3. Languages and Cultures Faculty
  4. Law and Social Sciences Faculty
  5. Careers Service
  6. Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network
  7. Doctoral Training Centres and other opportunities
  8. Library & IT
  9. IFCELS

Academic Development Directorate

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Arts & Humanities Faculty

Department-specific training:

Anthropology & Sociology
History
  • Research Tutor: Richard Reid
  • Mandatory for MPhils: the Methodology Seminar for 2 terms (Wed 11-1), the Regional Research Seminar, and one Generic Research Skills seminar
  • Further information: degree page and degree handbook
History of Art & Archaeology
Media & Film Studies
  • Research Tutor: Annabelle Sreberny
  • Weekly research training seminars for MPhils on Mon 5-7
  • Weekly research seminars on Wed 5-7 (schedule available online)
  • Methods course for MAs and MPhils on Wed 3-5
  • Further information: degree page
Music
  • Research Tutor: Richard Widdess
  • Research training course on alternate Tue at 5:15
  • Public research seminars in the other weeks
  • Research students allowed to attend master’s Analysing World Music in Term 2
  • Further information: degree page
Study of Religions
  • Research Tutor: Catherine Hezser
  • MPhil Research Writing Workshop throughout the year
  • 3rd-year PhD students give presentations to the Research Student Seminar
  • All research students invited to the Departmental Seminar
  • All research students urged to attend MA Methods and Theory course
  • Further information: degree page 

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Languages & Cultures Faculty

Faculty-wide training:

  • Mandatory research training seminars on Tue 5-7 (except for Linguistics students)

 Department-specific training:

Africa
  • Research Tutor: Kwadwo Osei-Nyame, Jnr
  • 2 termly seminars and 1 mini-conference in the course of an academic year (in collaboration with Research Tutor Rachel Dwyer)
  • Students encouraged to attend research training in the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) as well as seminars and conferences in and beyond the School
  • Further information: degree page
China and Inner Asia
  • Research Tutor: Xiaoning Lu
  • Mandatory Postgraduate Research Training Seminar on Tuesdays 5-7pm
  • PhD students give presentations to the Department Research Seminar and all research students are invited
  • All research students encouraged to attend seminars organised by the Centre of Chinese Studies
  • Further information: degree page
Cultural, Literary & Postcolonial Studies
Japan & Korea
Linguistics
Near & Middle East
South Asia
South East Asia

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Law & Social Sciences Faculty

Faculty-wide training:

The Faculty provides a two-part Research Ethics and Security workshop (schedule to be confirmed) and a 10-week Quantitative Methods course (in Term 2) for all MPhil students across the school.

Further information: research students information page

Department-specific training:

Development Studies
Economics
International Development Pathway 

(shared between Development Studies and Economics)

  • Compulsory LIDC seminar series
  • Compulsory departmental PG research training of either Development Studies or Economics
  • Its own additional training course Battlefields of Methods: compulsory for MSc Research for International Development students and strongly recommended for other MPhil/PhD students
  • Further information: degree page
Financial & Management Studies
  • Research Tutor: Ciaran Driver
  • Students take various Quantitative Methods courses at MSc level
  • Individual tuition on Advanced Topics in Finance & Management and two research forums
  • Further information: degree page and degree handbook
Gender Studies
Global Studies
  • Research Tutor: J Simon Rofe
  • Mandatory for MPhils: Research methods training provided by CISD
  • Research student-led colloquium in Term 2 nearing upgrade
  • Further information: degree page
Law
Politics & International Studies
  • Research Tutor: Felix Berenskoetter
  • Research Training Coordinator: Kristin Surak
  • Politics MPhil Methods on Thu 3-5 in Term 1, MPhil Research Seminar in Term 2, and Politics MPhil Conference in Term 3
  • Further information: degree page

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Careers Service

  • Specialist Careers Consultant for research students: Jana Dankovicova
  • One-to-one 30-minute consultations – career planning, CVs and applications, mock interviews, etc.
  • ECR workshops in 2014/15 include:
    • Academic career planning
    • Academic applications and CVs
    • Non-academic applications and CVs
    • Job interview skills
    • Networking skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Social enterprise
    • Consultancy work
  • Many events with employers and alumni
  • Further information: Early Career Researchers

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Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network

  • Variety of training courses for research students across different institutions
  • Participating institutions: 
    • University College London
    • Birkbeck
    • Institute of Education
    • London School of Economics
    • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    • School of Advanced Study
    • SOAS
    • Royal Veterinary College
  • The BPSN reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee of £50 where a student does not attend a course without giving 2 working days' notice.
  • Place can be limited so book early
  • Further information: BPSN website

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Doctoral Training Centres and other opportunities

  • Bloomsbury DTC for the Social Sciences
    • Institute of Education, Birkbeck, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and SOAS
    • Advanced training courses on research methods and data analysis techniques
      • e.g. Data reduction and latent variable models, critical discourse analysis, the use of comparative methods
      • Free for our DTC and ESRC-funded students and £30 per day for other students
  • Information on Research Methods Training Courses and Events held at other Higher Education institutions (including other DTCs) aggregated at National Centre for Research Methods

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Library & IT

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IFCELS

  • In-sessional Academic English Support for international students at all levels
  • Relevant courses include:
    • Research Reading
    • Preparing and Writing Dissertations (for a taught programme)
    • Grammar Improvement
    • Seminar Skills
  • One-to-one support available but places limited
  • Further information: IFCELS

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