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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 (QS905)

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 2017-18 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 can be found here and the 2017-18 programme of workshops will be available here in due course.

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 offeres a wide range of workshops. Details of the programme can be found here.

Professional and Skills Development for PhD students

Professional Development Opportunities
The University offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for its Postgraduate Researchers which students are encouraged to participate in in order to meet the expectations of the ESRC as regards Professional and Skills development. From 2017-18 all PhD students will be expected to complete 10 days of Progressional Development a year, using Skillsforge to identify, book on to and evaluate their professional development activities. You can access information about Professional Development for PGR's here.

The Research Students Skills Programme (RSSP)
The Research Student Skills Programme (RSSP) offers a wide range of workshops designed especially to support you in your personal and professional development. Topics include Academic Writing, Communication & Networking Skills, Information Literacy, Managing the Research Process, Collaborative Working & Leadership. All RSSP sessions are free of charge and are open to postgraduate research students from any department. Some of these workshops are tailored for Social Sciences students and have been scheduled to avoid clashes with the core training modules.
Please visit the RSSP website for more details of the courses available.