Research training and professional development
Successful completion of a research degree involves a balance between the pursuit of your own research project, and training in the skills which enable you to become a more effective scholar, both now and in the future.
The School hosts a series of doctoral training seminars.
This is a series of informal lunchtime workshops which provide a space for you to reflect on your practice as a researcher in the humanities and to hone the transferable skills that will enable you to develop your career during and beyond the PhD, in both academic and other professional contexts. They combine briefings from experts and panel discussions with opportunities for you to reflect critically through constructive discussion with peers. Please give the class description some thought in advance, and come prepared to discuss the theme!
You may find some sessions useful at a relatively early stage, others will be more useful later on. You should discuss with your supervisor which sessions it would be most helpful for you to attend. You are welcome to bring your lunch and we’ll provide tea, coffee and biscuits. No need to register, just turn up!
While the workshops are particularly aimed at doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers at any stage (early, mid and late career) are very welcome to participate.
We are always looking for ideas for additional workshops, so do get in touch if you have suggestions.
Workshop 1: Managing your supervisor
Workshop 2: Writing for academic audiences (1): “writing up” the PhD
Workshop 3: Writing for academic audiences (2): articles
Workshop 4: Organizing conferences
Workshop 5: Preparing for the viva
Workshop 6: Knowledge exchange, impact and open access
Workshop 7: Engaging the public: talks, newspaper articles and social media
Workshop 8: Publishing your research after the PhD
Workshop 9: Working with Museums and other institutions
Workshop 10: Postdocs and research proposals
Workshop 11: Disciplines, interdisciplinarity and the humanities
For students wishing to learn a new language, or to improve their language skills, training courses are available.
You may need to learn a new language or develop your language skills. You should discuss with your supervisors which option is best suited to your needs.
The Centre for Open Learning
The Centre for Open Learning offers a range of language courses through Languages for All
A fee is charged but a student discount is offered and you can apply to our Training Fund for support.
Latin and Greek
Latin and Greek language training is available in the School
German Reading Course
A German language reading course will usually be offered to research students in HCA in Semester 2 in an academic year. Please contact the PGR administration team for further details.
Various archaeological field schools are offered by academic members of staff in both Archaeology and Classics.
These fields schools are optional and not part of any postgraduate programme. Opportunities on field schools will be advertised throughout the year by those members of staff directing active projects. The majority of field schools charge a fee to cover the cost of training and this fee varies between project. In some cases, supervisory or specialist positions might be available on these projects for students with extensive previous experience. Students interested in attending a field school should discuss these opportunities with the individual directors of these projects. PGR students need to make sure that all of their supervisors are aware of any time they are to spend on a field school and give their approval; they should also fill out the HCA Study Away Form. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure they have the correct visa for staying in whichever country the field school is located and that they have insurance, which can be arranged through the University in discussion with the project director.
The Institute for Academic Development
The IAD provides training opportunities for doctoral candidates, including bookable courses on research communication, research planning and career development.
The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science
The SGSAH and the SGSSS offer a range of training opportunities available to PhD students within the School.
The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science offer a range of training opportunities open to all doctoral candidates studying at member institutions:
Training skills programmes will help you become a more effective scholar.
All our PhD students pursue an individually tailored programme of training agreed with their supervisors.
Our students have access to a full range of research and professional skills training delivered by the School and the Institute for Academic Development.
You will discuss your training needs with your supervisors at the start of your programme and review them every year as part of the annual review process.
Your individual training programme may include language training or training in specialist skills required for your project, such as paleography or digital techniques. Discipline-specific training is provided by each subject area, either through a formal course or more informal seminars.
The Graduate School runs a cross-school training programme which covers a range of themes from research ethics; managing your supervisor and academic networking to organizing academic conferences; academic publishing and preparing for the viva. These workshops provide an opportunity for you to reflect on the wider context of your research, especially societal and ethical issues.
Doctoral candidates should explore opportunities to work with academic and non-academic institutions abroad or to study overseas during their doctoral studies. Of particular interest in this regard are the School’s Erasmus links across Europe and the instrument of Erasmus+ traineeships, which may not only facilitate travel and work abroad, but which may also carry a modest stipend. Interested students should direct their inquiries to the School’s International Director, Dr Julius Ruiz
Please note that afterBrexit, there may be changes to the opportunities avaialble, but Dr Ruiz is still best placed to answer any questions you may have on this matter