Postgraduate Research Programme
A vibrant interdisciplinary postgraduate research community
CTPSR’s Doctoral Research Programme is delivered through our Doctoral Training Centre here in Coventry, led by Professor Matt Qvortrup and Dr Jessica Northerly
Our aim is to develop independent, trained, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas with real-world impact. Coventry University doctoral graduates are expected to go on to become national and international leaders in their chosen professions, across academia, the private, public and voluntary sectors.
In undertaking the DTC you will be part of a vibrant community of postgraduate researchers, coming together for induction, summer schools, seminar series, reading / writing groups and social events.
As a member of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, you will be integrated within our rich research environment and will benefit from development opportunities offered to all our staff and students, including being a member of one of our eight research groups. You will also have access to additional training through the Coventry University training programme for doctoral researchers.
DTC Programme outline
Initial training is delivered through an intense first year of training and development and through direct interaction with your supervisors. We aim to equip you through your first year’s training to subsequently undertake fieldwork and primary research in pursuit of your research by covering such topics as:
- Philosophy of social science research
- Principles of research design in social sciences
- Research ethics, research integrity and legal considerations
- Introduction to contemporary research in the field
- Managing research data
- Quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Approaches to literature review and critical evaluation of sources
- Managing a research project
- Writing for publication
A one-week, intensive summer school focused on research skills development is held in May / June each year, and provides concentrated time to learn and reflect on progress so far and plans for the next phase of your research.
Throughout your three years as a member of the DTC you will be offered an ongoing and bespoke training programme, as well as opportunities to come together as a cohort to learn from each other’s experiences. Typically this includes:
- Research software training (e.g. SPSS, Nvivo, Endnote)
- Specialist methods training
- Academic writing workshops and weekly writing group
- External conference attendance and monthly seminar series
- Public engagement activity with key research centre stakeholder groups
- Tailored research support according to training needs analysis
- Social activity and networking.
The DTC training programme was developed around the Researcher Development Framework and reflects the priorities expressed in the RCUK Statement of Expectations for Doctoral Training.
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