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Graduate School

When you join Humanities as a postgraduate you will also become a member of our Graduate School.

The Graduate School provides you with additional help and support during the course of your studies. We have a broad focus, providing not only essential skills training and development, but also pastoral support, connections to funding opportunities, student-led activities and a social network.

We are particularly proud of our doctoral training programme. We offer PhD students an opportunity to take part in our Skills Development Training Programme to enhance their research experience, life skills and employability.  Now in its sixth year, the programme meets all of the Research Councils' criteria for training provision and is delivered face-to-face and online. You can undertake as many sessions as you like and concentrate on developing the skills that are important to you. You can learn how to plan your research project; raise funding; give a research paper; organise a conference to present your research; and turn your thesis into a book.

Our Graduate School encompasses a variety of student-led activities including regular social gatherings, a seminar series and a number of reading groups focusing on research areas across our seven disciplines. The highlight of the year for the Graduate School is the student-led annual conference which gives all postgraduates the chance to present their work to peers and staff.  We also invite paper and poster submissions from students at other institutions, so you have an opportunity to network with others in your field.  The best papers from the conference are published in our Graduate School journal, Emergence.

Our postgraduate students are invited to attend weekly term-time seminars arranged by Humanities' Research Centres, academic disciplines and cross-disciplinary research groups. These events provide an invaluable opportunity to find out about other areas of study within Humanities.

We encourage you to be an active member of our Graduate School making your own contribution to our development. You will be regarded as a researcher in your own right and we expect you to apply for funding to run your own seminars, workshops and conferences; to take research trips when possible and to attend relevant conferences in your area of interest. Your contribution is likely to be featured on our website and be included in our annual Graduate School newsletter which is written, edited and published by our students.

Visit the Humanities Postgraduate Research website to find out more about our community.

Showcasing our postgraduate researchers' work
Emergence journal

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I did my BA at Southampton, and just had to come back: I missed the town, the University, the department, and most of all the people. I couldn't have done my PhD anywhere else.

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