SOAS University of London

Research students

The Faculty provides a common first year programme in social science methodology for its research students. This covers ethics, research design and qualitative and quantitative methods, amongst other topics. Some students are supervised across departments, and are often members of the same centres as staff and students in other departments, as well as attending the same open research seminars. All of this, along with the close relationship of staff across departments, contributes to the interdisciplinary nature of some of the theses produced within the Faculty.

Each department hosts their own departmental research seminars or workshops for first year research, and many also run guest seminar and working paper series. In addition to this, research students have the opportunity to sit in on taught graduate courses relevant to their research on the agreement of the course convenor and their supervisor.

The School’s Academic Development Directorate, Staff Development, the Research Students’ Society and the Careers Service provide targeted support for research students, offering flexible skills development training for early career researchers. The Academic Development Directorate also offers more student-specific training on writing up, editing and preparation for fieldwork, along with online resources supporting students throughout their degree and beyond.

Research student representatives attend the Faculty Research Committee (which reviews and monitors research student matters for the faculty) and departmental meetings. Many research students are involved in departmental research clusters and help staff to run research seminars, as well as teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Academics and the faculty office work hard to involve research students in faculty life.

Current research students should see the Research Students’ Portal for research support, and the Postgraduate Research section of the Registry website for administrative queries. Each department prepares its own research students’ guidance, which students should also use to help direct their own work.

This webpage is designed to facilitate the work of research students in the faculty and any suggestions for improvements would be most welcome.