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Doctoral training

Opportunities for postgraduate research students

South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS)

The South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) is a Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by the ESRC. It is led by the University of Essex and comprises 10 universities in total. Beginning in 2017-18, SeNSS will be awarding 28 doctoral studentships across the partner institutions.

City participates in three pathways:

  • Economics – research degree programme in the Department of Economics
  • Sociology – research degree programme in the Department of Sociology
  • Business and Management – research degree programme at Cass Business School

Potential students in Business and Management, Economics and Sociology should first of all apply to the University for a place in the respective research degree programme referencing  the application with ‘SeNSS’.

The next deadline for application is 20th January 2020.

The SeNSS team will be holding two live ‘Ask SeNSS’ Q&A sessions via their Twitter account @SeNSSDTP on Thursday 24 October and Tuesday 12 November. The SeNSS team will also be holding a SeNSS applicant workshop at City, on Friday 8 November. For further details about these events please contact ResearchSupport@city.ac.uk

Advanced research training

Each year a number of workshops are made available to doctoral students at advanced level via Moodle. This system is flexible and additional workshops can be included based on student demand.

You can also find out more about our Sociology MPhil/PhD Workshops programme for 2019–20 (PDF)

Departmental research seminars

Each department provides a seminar series for doctoral students. These provide an opportunity to engage with the broader research community, exchange ideas and become familiar with the role of a doctoral student.  All doctoral students are expected to attend research seminars and to present on their own research. A number of research centres also offer seminars to which doctoral students will be invited based on their research interests. Attendance is normally voluntary but in some cases their attendance may be required.

Core research methods

All students are eligible to attend and enroll on modules within the MSc Research Methods. Students may be exempted from this programme (or elements of it) on the basis of previous research training or experience but this must be agreed in advance with their supervisors on the basis of evidence supplied. In all other cases doctoral students will be expected (and may be required) to attend this programme in order to acquire the core research skills needed at doctoral level.

In addition students will be required to attend additional specialist training within their disciplines to acquire specific research skills this training may be available within modules or via workshops (further details are available in doctoral student handbooks and any recommendation or requirement will be discussed with the individual student’s supervisor).

Departments are currently exploring the provision of specific advanced level training either independently or through a consortium. Details of these will be found in individual handbooks. In some departments attendance at advanced training modules and/or workshops is compulsory, find out more.