New students

Attendance on the Doctoral Researcher Development Programme

More information about the DRDP is available on the programme structure page.

A PDF copy of the DRDP Handbook is available online and you will receive a copy at the University Orientation event.

Full-time study

As a full-time doctoral researcher you will be expected to attend all elements of the programme in Year 1 as set out in the Key Dates document. You should consult this to note when the Faculty Workshops and the Specialist Skills Sessions take place. More advice will be provided at Orientation and you can also seek guidance from your Faculty DRDP Co-ordinator.

Part-time study

As a part-time doctoral researcher your attendance on the DRDP should complement your own part-time study and research project. This will vary from student to student. Please be aware that, during your first year in particular, you need to make a time commitment and plan for this in order to give yourself the best start possible.

In your first year you must attend Faculty Workshop 1.1, University Workshop 1.1 and the Teaching and Learning Workshops.

You can see more detailed guidance in the Key Dates document.

Distance Learning

Those following the distance learning study mode are required to attend University Enrolment, University Orientation, Faculty Workshop 1.1 and University Workshop 1.1. Subsequent elements of the programme are provided on-line and in different formats for you to engage with.

PhD by published work

The DRDP is optional for those following this programme of study. You are welcome to attend any of the Workshops or Specialist Skills Sessions that you are interested in. Please contact the workshop organiser to request an invitation. The name/s can be found in the workshop details in the VRE (Virtual Research Environment).

Professional doctorate

Please liaise with your Programme Leader for further guidance regarding appropriate sessions for you to attend and when to attend them.

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Research degrees

We offer a diverse and highly regarded research degree programme reinforced by our Graduate School.