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Training and skills development

Core Training

We offer the following ESRC research methods training modules to ESRC funded students. These modules are core modules within the Masters in Social Science Research. A limited number of non-funded students from the Warwick Social Science Faculty may also apply to undertake the first 3 of these modules.

  • Research Design, Practice and Ethics (IM926)
  • Philosophies of Social Science Research (IM924)
  • Foundations in Qualitative Research (IM925)
  • Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods (IM911)

For more information about each Core Training modules and the process for registering your interest in particpating in these modules please visit the ESRC Core Training page.

Students not taking the Masters in Social Science Research will be able to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Science Research by completing and passing two of the three modules available to them or a Postgraduate Award in Social Science Research by completing and passing all three Core Training modules available to them.

Advanced Training

In addition to our Core Training modules, during 2019-20 academic year the Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) will offer a number of short thought leading Advanced Training workshops or courses. These workshops are for social science PhD students both from Warwick and across the UK. More information about Advanced Training and the programme of workshops can be found here. The programme of workshops will be updated over time as training opportunities are added.

Skills development
Professional and Skills Development for Masters students

The University offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for its taught Postgraduate Students which students are encouraged to participate in in order to meet the expectations of the ESRC as regards Professional and Skills development. The Masters Skills Programme offers a wide range of workshops. Details of the programme can be found here.

Professional and Skills Development for PhD students

The Doctoral College has a Researcher Development Programme which offers a wide range of workshops designed especially to support you in your personal and professional development. Whether it is the development of academic knowledge, the attributes you need to undertake your PhD or MRes, how to plan and develop for your future career, and sometimes where to start (and how to finish). Researcher Development (RD) is offered by a team who have experienced the highs and lows of research, are active researchers or lecturers or both; and most importantly, skilled facilitators.

All of the sessions provided by the RD programme aim to offer opportunities for networking across an interdisciplinary group (crucial now for some funding bids), provide you with a tangible outcome which will save you some time on a future task, incorporate creativity (if appropriate) and will not include multiple PowerPoint slides.

Please visit the Researcher Development website for more details, including courses available.

Additionally, from 2017-18 all PhD students will be expected to complete 10 days of Professional Development a year, using SkillsForge to identify, book on to and evaluate their professional development activities. SkillsForge is available online here.