CTPSRs Doctoral Research Programme is delivered in collaboration with the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, the training is led by Professor Matt Qvortrup and Dr. Jessica Northerly
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 Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development.
What we offer
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.
We are looking for proposals that challenge existing ideas in these areas and expand current thinking, offering original insights and approaches by undertaking significant and rigorous research. We welcome PhD proposals that link to more than one member of staff’s research interests or are in related areas. It is standard practice for supervision teams to consist of three staff members. For further information about potential supervisors interests and expertise, visit CTPSR.
For details on the formal application process and forms, please visit the Doctoral College website.