Additional Research TrainingThe Business School and the university provide many opportunities for the students to engage in research training in addition to the taught doctoral modules. We strongly encourage students to equip themselves with the latest research skills. All Research students are encouraged to make use of the opportunities both within and outside the university. Opportunities inside the university include:
Graduate School Research Training Courses
In addition to attending research training modules provided by the Business School, students are expected to attend relevant generic training courses provided by the Graduate School. These include courses relating to use of IT and library resources, research management, research skills, presentation and communication skills, research ethics etc. Supervisors will advise students which Graduate School courses are appropriate for their specific training needs.
Methods and Data Institute Workshops/Clinics
The Methods and Data Institute exists to support regular academic staff, contract research staff and Postgraduate Research Students in all forms of empirical social science research. They offer a number of services including training workshops and clinics.
Further information regarding the schedule of services offered can be found on the M + Di website.
Other Taught modules
Students are normally able to take some master's modules in the School of Economics (subject to course pre-requisites etc.). If a student is interested in taking any module in the School of Economics they should first approach Dr Richard Upward who is the MSc coordinator for the School. Information about master's modules is available on the School of Economics' web site. Module descriptions and information regarding any restrictions and pre-requisites will be available on the online version of the University's Module Catalogue.
It may also be possible for PhD students to attend specialist modules from the MSc programmes run at the Business School, again subject to any restrictions or pre-requisites, at the recommendation of your supervisor. You would also need to apply in writing to the Programmes Manager (MSc and Doctoral) by the second week of the module running. For further details of Masters modules, please refer to the various MA and MSc Programmes under which a programme specific list of modules can be found.
Seminars and Workshops
All Research students are expected to attend the School's seminar programme and relevant research workshops. Seminars take place regularly, usually on Wednesday afternoons, and are given by a range of both internal and external speakers. Research workshops occur on an ad hoc basis and students will be advised by their supervisors about attendance.
In addition to the seminar programme, we offer a seminar programme that focuses specifically on the needs of MRes and PhD students. The focus of the programme is on the research process, particularly the more informal aspects of doing research and getting it published. These are aspects of researchers' lives that are rarely discussed in journals and books, but are, nevertheless, vital for emergent scholars to understand and appreciate, regardless of their disciplinary field or background.
All Research students are welcome to attend the School's series of guest lectures given by top business leaders and scholars who come to the School to speak to students, staff, and alumni. Recent speakers have included Professor Michael C. Jensen, Harvard Business School; Dr Mike Lloyd, Managing Director, Gas Turbine Operations, Rolls-Royce; and Gerry Pennell, Chief Information Officer, Co-Operative Financial Services.
Our Centres and Institutes also host regular speakers from academia, business, and industry as well as high-profile conferences such as the annual UK Insurance Economists Conference and the annual CSR Research Symposium.