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Doctoral CollegePostgraduate Research Handbook

Faculty Training

Core Training

All Faculties at Southampton must provide students with access to a core set of training which is outlined in Your Doctorate in the Handbook. The core training will be delivered by Faculties in a variety of ways, as outlined below.

Mandated University-level training

In addition, all new doctoral researchers must complete the following mandated training. Failure to complete successfully the mandated training below is a failure to meet the progression requirements and so will result in a failure to progress.

Postgraduate researchers commencing their studies in 2019/20 must complete the following by the time they undertake their Academic Needs Analysis:

In 2019/20, the following new course is being run from the Library. It will be available from January 2020 and should be completed by all doctoral researchers who commence their studies in 2019/20 and by the time of their first formal progression review.

Training for students involved in teaching or demonstrating

Any doctoral researcher involved with undergraduate teaching MUST complete the Orientation to Teaching and Demonstrating Steps 1 & 2 or a discipline-based equivalent. Details and booking instructions can be found here. Attendance data will automatically upload from GradBook to PGR Tracker.


Southampton Business School

MANG7001 Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Module Overview

This module aims to provide an overview of the range of qualitative and quantitative research methods that are available in business and management science. The object is to:

  • provide students with the knowledge of the different research methodologies and philosophical approaches that are available to carry out research in business and management science;
  • provide students with the knowledge of the research process in business and management science;
  • enable students to define coherent research questions supported by strong theoretical arguments to address specific research gaps in the theoretical debate that informs their own chosen research topic;
  • enable students to recognise the problems and limitations associated with certain research methods, instruments for data collection and techniques for data analysis;
  • enable students to make informed decisions on the most appropriate methodological choices to carry out their own research;
  • prepare students to carry out their own research in business and management science;
  • enable students to review and update their initial research proposal accordingly.

Module Details

  • Semester: Semester 2
  • CATS points: 10
  • ECTS points: 5
  • Level: Level 8
  • Module Lead: Maxwell Chipulu

Aims and Objectives

  • Syllabus
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Costs
  • Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the paradigms deployed by qualitative and quantitative management research;
  • the main methods used in management research;
  • the limitations of existing research methods.
  • Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically assess the main types of contemporary business and management research methods;
  • review and update their initial research proposal and plan for their selection of research methodology;
  • develop data collection skills;
  • develop data exploration skills;
  • develop data analysis skills.
  • Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • reflect and set attainable objectives, priorities, action plans and schedules of work to achieve objectives (Planning & Organisation);
  • reflect and set attainable objectives, priorities, action plans and schedules of work to achieve objectives (Planning & Organisation).

School of Mathematical Sciences

Awaiting approval from the Mathematical Sciences School Board.

Southampton Education School

Education Research Training Programme (RTP)

The Southampton Education School runs a Research Training Programme (RTP) for all its research students. Details of the programme for these workshops in the current academic year can be found at the end of this appendix. You can sign up for individual workshops via the Gradbook system.

Student researchers have different needs as far as research training is concerned: some will want to develop specific skills to enable them to reflect effectively on their past and present research practice while others will need to develop a range of basic skills appropriate to a professional social science researcher. Following discussions with your supervisor(s) you should develop a research training plan that describes a ‘package’ of training appropriate to your needs.

Full-time and part-time PhD and EdD students at any stage in the doctoral process may attend these workshops, especially where they form part of your agreed training plan, as determined during your individual needs analysis undertaken with your supervisors.

Many of the workshops in the Education School RTP form a part of the initial stages of the Integrated PhD programme but all doctoral students are encouraged to participate actively in the RTP in order to familiarise themselves with techniques and methodologies beyond and outside the scope of their own research design.  You may not be employing particular methods in your own research study, but an awareness of a wide range of research methods can support your ability to make use of the research published by others in your field.

Aims of the Education Research Training Programme

The RTP is intended as an introduction to various important aspects of research in education and to provide a secure theoretical foundation for supervised student research. The RTP does not encourage or equip students to undertake research without supervision. Close and continued contact between student and supervisor is absolutely essential.

The principal aims of the Research Training are to do the following:

  • facilitate and support the preparation and successful completion of research-based dissertations/theses;
  • prepare students for research in education, so that they are familiar with key research methods in educational research;
  • raise student awareness of alternative approaches and develop a technical language for discussion;
  • develop critical awareness of (and capacity to evaluate) the complexity of theories and explications within educational research;
  • give students knowledge of the basic principles of research strategy and design so that they can formulate researchable issues and construct effective research projects;
  • help students identify and develop appropriate methodological skills for conducting their own research;
  • create a supportive forum so that students can discuss with peers issues relating to postgraduate research.

Integrated PhD students will need to attend specific workshops as part of the set of core and optional modules during the first year of Integrated PhD. ‘Core’ modules are modules which must be taken and passed by all students on a particular programme. Where programme regulations specify, a student may be required to select a core module from within a group of possible modules. Once this module is selected, it then becomes core.  For information on the core and compulsory elements of your Programme please refer to the relevant section of your Programme Specification.

The timetable and course details of workshops will be circulated to all doctoral students. General queries about the Education RTP should be directed to the Education RTP Coordinator (Dr Jenny Byrne, email: or the Postgraduate Administrator in the Graduate School Office (Building 58, room 2111, email: Queries regarding individual workshops should be made to workshop conveners.

Workshop Evaluation

At the end of each workshop, students are requested to complete the workshop evaluation questionnaire made available by the Gradbook system. Evaluations are considered by the Research Degrees Committee (RDC).

School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Students also will be expected to attend appropriate courses or workshops provided for professional development. Arrangements for research training in subsequent years will be agreed with your supervisory team and approved as part of the annual review process.

Objectives of Research Training

The principal aims of research training are to:

  • facilitate the preparation and successful completion of your postgraduate thesis;
  • prepare you for research within the social sciences, so that you become conversant with key research methods in social science;
  • develop your critical awareness of, and your capacity to evaluate, the complexity of theories and explanations in social science;
  • give you knowledge of the basic principles of research strategy and design so that you can formulate researchable issues and construct effective research programmes;
  • help you to identify and develop appropriate methodological skills to enable you to carry out your research;
  • help you develop the wider skills required for your future involvement with research activity and career development;
  • provide you with access to expertise from outside your immediate disciplinary group; and
  • create a forum of peers so that you can discuss issues relating to postgraduate research and provide mutual support.

At the outset of your studies you will discuss your individual training requirements with your supervisor and supervisory team and together reach an agreement about the training modules which should be followed. Your training programme will depend upon your discipline, the subject and nature of research, and your experience of research methodologies. You will need to take into account which modules are compulsory for students in your discipline area. A typical full-time students will take the majority of their research training modules in year 1, but it is expected that this training will continue into future years, drawing on subject-specific activities as well as those provided by the Researcher Development and Graduate Centre. Part-time students will usually spread their research training over a longer period, depending on their specific needs, prior experience, etc. Please take timetabling constraints into account when planning your pathway through the modules available.

Programme Research Training Schemes within Social Sciences

Each Postgraduate Research Course organises its own training programmes, reflecting the needs and prior experience of the individual students. Your personal training programme will be arranged in the light of this. Details of the specific arrangements made for students in individual programmes can be found at:

A number of programmes run research training modules which, while primarily intended for students on those programmes, may be available to other students on the recommendation of their supervisor and with the agreement of the programme concerned. If you wish to attend one of these modules or any others within the School, Faculty or University, please check with the convenor of the module concerned before registering.

Details may be found in the Student Record System Self Service Programme Catalogue.

These modules are listed below and details are available via the website:


The following modules may be available and of interest to students outside Economics, subject to the required pre-requisites:

  • ECON6001: Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics
  • ECON6003: Quantitative Economics
  • ECON6004: Quantitative Methods
  • ECON6007: Labour Economics
  • ECON6008: Industrial Economics
  • ECON6009: Topics in Economics
  • ECON6015: Finance
  • ECON6016: International Trade
  • ECON6017: Economic Policy in Development
  • ECON6021: Microeconomics
  • ECON6023: Macroeconomics
  • ECON6024: Econometrics I
  • ECON6025: Topics in Economic Theory
  • ECON6032: Topics in Macroeconomics
  • ECON6037: Experimental Economics
  • ECON6039: Empirical Finance

Please see the Economics postgraduate study webpage for details. 


The following modules are available to students from outside Gerontology:

  • GERO6017: Research Methods for Ageing Societies (semester 1)
  • GERO6018: Perspectives in Gerontology (semester 1)
  • GERO6019: Demographic Change, Ageing and Globalisation (semester 2)
  • GERO6020: Ageing, Health and Well-being (semester 2)

Please see the Ageing/Gerontology postgraduate study webpage for details:

Politics and International Relations

The following modules may be available to students from outside Politics:

  • RESM6001: Philosophy of Social Science Research
  • RESM6002: Research Design and Practice
  • PAIR6001: Global Politics and International Relations
  • PAIR6007: Citizenship and Democracy 

Please see the Politics and International Relations postgraduate study webpages for details:

Research Methods

The following research methods modules may be available to students in Social Sciences:

  • RESM6001: Philosophy of Social Science Research
  • RESM6002: Research Design and Practice
  • RESM6003: Qualitative Methods 1
  • RESM6004: Quantitative Methods 1
  • RESM6005: Survey Design
  • RESM6006: Qualitative Methods 2
  • RESM6007: Quantitative Methods 2
  • RESM6305: Mixed Methods

Details may be found at this link: are welcome to attend these even if you are not an SCDTP funded student.

Social Statistics and Demography

The following modules are likely to be of interest to students outside social statistics:

DEMO6020: Demographic Methods I (Semester1)

DEMO6021: Understanding population change (Semester 1)

DEMO6023: Population, poverty and policy (Semester 2)

GLHE6002: Methods and analysis of global health trends and differentials (Semester 2)

STAT6077: Social science data: sources and measurement (Semester 2)

STAT6086: Survey Methods I (Semester 1)

STAT6108: Analysis of hierarchical (multilevel & longitudinal) data (Semester 2)

Other modules may be available if students require training in more detailed aspects of statistics or demography. Please see the Social Statistics and Demography webpages for details.


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