Management research training

Research training modules

Campus-based students

Research training for postgraduate research programmes is delivered by the Social Sciences Doctoral Research Training centre (SSDRT) which provides doctoral training to all PhD students in the College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities and also by the School, which provides doctoral training specifically for management PhD students. If you are a full-time research student your training runs from October to December and again from January to March in your first year.

SSDRT Research Training Modules

There will be four core assessed modules. They will consist of ten sessions, each lasting three hours, running on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Semester One
  • Research Design and Practice (Mondays)
  • Research Philosophy (Tuesdays)
Semester Two
  • Qualitative Research (Mondays)
  • Quantitative Research (Tuesdays)

The SSDRT also offers advanced training sessions for those in their second and third of study.

School Research Training

There will be one module which will not be assessed but attendance is compulsory depending on year group. These sessions will be two hours long and will run on various Wednesdays.

Semester One
  • Academic Skills for Management Research (not assessed but attendance is monitored) - 5 sessions
Semester Two
  • Academic Skills for Management Research (not assessed but attendance is monitored)- 5 sessions

Training must be taken on the University of Leicester campus.

Departmental seminars

All full-time PhD students are expected to attend the School's weekly seminars as part of their ongoing research training. These consist of presentations from external and internal academics and are important in building up a broad base of knowledge and also networking with other academics.

Distance learning students

All distance learning PhD students undertake a structured programme of research training, consisting of four mandatory modules, delivered entirely through a combination of module books and interactive tasks, readings and discussion on the University's Blackboard virtual learning environment. This research training is expected to take 12 months. Three months of study is allowed for each module ending with the submission of an assignment. Each assignment would be 3,000-4,000 words long and would be submitted online.

The modules

  • Social Science Research One: Doing a PhD (covering the PhD qualification and thesis itself; finding and reviewing the literature; formulating research questions; writing and dissemination for social scientists; research ethics)
  • Social Science Research Two: Research Philosophy (covering key concepts in research philosophy; competing perspectives in research philosophy)
  • Social Science Research Three: Quantitative Research and Analysis (covering research design; research methods; sampling; data analysis)
  • Social Science Research Four: Qualitative Research and Analysis (covering research design; research methods; sampling; data analysis)