Training and professional development requirements Training and professional development requirements

The philosophy of the programme begins with your intellectual and practical needs as a higher-level researcher. You are expected to take responsibility for your personal and professional development under the guidance of your supervisory team. All first year students are required within three weeks of registration to undertake a training needs analysis as part of their initial meeting referring to the Researcher Development Statement. This training needs assessment must be repeated at regular intervals, at least annually. At the Annual Progress meeting students and their supervisory teams will be asked to provide the Faculty's Postgraduate Research Programmes Office with a report on training progress. The report will require you to list all the training courses that you have attended and describe how they have benefitted you. It also provides an opportunity for you to request any additional training that you feel is necessary but not currently on offer.

The expectation of the Research Councils, whose guidance we follow, is that students undertake at least two weeks dedicated training per year (which equates to 30 UEA training credits over the research degree period, drawn from Faculty programmes and individual activities). For  Masters by Research and MDs the requirement is to undertake 10 credits (or 5 credits per annum pro rata).

In attending this programme we expect postgraduate students to be able to undertake the following as a minimum requirement during the course of their study:

At MPhil level (first year):

  • Defend their dissertation topic to their peers and supervisory team 
  • Understand the research context of biomedical, health and social care sciences and be able to place their research topic within it
  • Attend relevant Faculty and School research seminars
  • Select and attend any appropriate MSc MA modules in FMH

PhD level (year two to completion):

  • Pursue publication of at least one article or work by submission of their thesis
  • Attend and participate in relevant Faculty and School Research seminars
  • Contribute and deliver papers to at least one seminar, conference or symposia by submission of thesis
  • If appropriate contribute to undergraduate teaching and talk about their research experience to MPhil and year two research students