Within the School of Philosophy and Art History, students invest time mainly working on their thesis with the help of the PGR Supervisor
Twice a year, students have a supervisory panel meeting, which provides a formal opportunity to discuss progress with both the student’s supervisor and another member of the faculty. The purpose of the Supervisory Panels is to form an overview of the student's work and to monitor progress, taking into account both academic and personal issues.
During their first Supervisory Panel in January, new PGR students are required to submit material in a specific form: a 5,000-word Critical Literature Review (i.e. an evaluative account of a selection from the most relevant scholarly literature in their area of research), and a 2,000-word detailed Project Outline. The Project Outline should locate the student’s research in the field described in the Critical Literature Review. In the case of PhD students, this material – coupled with a substantial piece of research toward the PhD (10,000 words) will form the basis of the Confirmation Panel’s assessment of the student's progress in June, and, subsequently, of the Progress Committee's recommendation to the Graduate School concerning the continuation of the student's studies after the first year. At subsequent Supervisory Panels students are expected to submit draft chapters of their thesis totaling no more than 10,000 words in length.
PhD students are also required to present their work to the Departmental Research Colloquium at least once in the student’s PGR career. The Colloquium allows three research students to present their current work (a 30 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of questions). Both staff and students are in attendance and the format is informal. The Colloquium allows research students to improve their confidence, and to gain experience of defending their ideas in discussion.
We also encourage our PGR students to attend training courses whenever their research requires acquiring new skills and to take part in our many research seminars, reading groups and mini-courses.