What are training credits? What are training credits?

The Faculty programme is made up of a number of sessions which carry a training credit rating. The use of the term ‘training credit' is purely for the purposes of recording time. It is not a transferable unit which can be applied to other courses, or to courses at other institutions. Training credits are also attached to formal sessions and seminars provided by Schools.

The expectations of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and UEA are that that there will be 10 days per year of training and development for each student (pro rata for part time students). In the HUM programme, one day is equal to one training credit. For full time students the general expectation is that 10 credits are accumulated per year, and for part time students five per year or on a pro rata basis. For MPhil students the target is 20 in all, made up of 10 credits per year. However, there can be flexibility for students who are not based in Norwich, have a significant number of field trips or have an illness to accumulate more credits in subsequent years of study in order to reach the overall target figure or to carry credits over into the following year.

All students are expected to accumulate 30 training credits over the research degree period, drawn from both Faculty and School programmes and individual activities. There is no rule about what proportion of the overall training credit is drawn from the Faculty or Schools within the University. The most important criterion is that your training choice supports your development as a researcher.

A training credit is roughly equivalent to seven hours, but all courses and seminars in the programme have their own credit designation, as do those offered in other Faculties and centrally.

HUM courses (with codes) which carry a training credit are booked centrally and recorded there except for School run seminars. Other activities personal to the student are not recorded by the Faculty automatically, these should be listed as part of your Annual Progress Review each year. For further information on the recording process and values for external activities and School seminars, please see the Recording Your Development section.