Three kinds of research training are on offer to PhD students in Drama:
- Department and School training
- Training provided by other Departments and Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- College-wide training provided by the Centre for Academic and Professional Development (formerly the Learning Institute), including events specifically for Humanities students
Research training is designed to develop your skills and expertise in four areas:
- knowledge and intellectual abilities
- personal effectiveness
- research governance
- engagement and impact
This relates to the schema devised by Vitae, the Careers Research and Advisory Centre, for the Research Councils.
The Department of Drama offers research training seminars on a range of topics including the ‘Approaching Performance Seminar Series’, which includes seminars on, for example, disciplines and fields; spectatorship; practice-based research; materialism; and space, place, and geography. Year 1 students also take the half-module ‘Performance Research Practices’, which is designed to help you reflect on and develop your methodologies and research design.
In collaboration with the Department of English, we also offer a range of skills and professional development seminars including, for example, how to prepare an academic cv; applying for academic jobs and interview skills; oral history and interview skills; applying for post-docs; preparing for the viva; publishing in journals (articles and book reviews); publishing books; and writing abstracts and presenting at conferences.
Students also gain experience in running and presenting their research at an in-house Drama PhD colloquium in the first and second year of their programme.
A year-long programme of research training events is released at the start of each academic year.
London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP)
QMUL is an associate member of the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP). LAHP is an AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership between UCL, King’s College London and the School of Advanced Study. As an associate member of LAHP, PhD students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at QMUL can attend a wide range of subject-specific initiatives (courses, seminars and events) taking place across the LAHP member institutions. These events are listed here: http://www.lahp.ac.uk/current-students/student-development-and-training/subject-specific-initiatives/.