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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This course is a year-long (two semesters) course that provides a broad range substantive, methodological, and professional training for second year PGR students. The teaching goal of the course is to provide second-year PGR students with a range of educational materials and training experiences to better enable successful outcomes in their PGR program. In particular, this course build on the prerequisite course by expanding into the skills necessary for presenting at Research Conferences, for large hall presentations, and for public testimony at legislative or ministerial events.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 6
Session Full Year Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rossana Ducato

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Course Description

This course provides a sequence of seminars during the two half-sessions. Each seminar is designed to provide a wide range of substantive learning experiences and opportunities to gain practical research skills. During the course, students will continue to build their PhD dissertation in alignment with their research project. At the end of the second half-session, the students will be expected to present the findings of their second year of research, to explore new findings and discoveries made in that research, and to present on a chapter from their dissertation.


Expected Seminar Topics to be Potentially Covered, depending on staff availability:

  • Advanced techniques of PowerPoint / Keynote slide preparation
  • Multiple videotaped practice presentations, to enable feedback on presentation assessments
  • Multiple practice simulations in fielding research questions from conference events
  • Seminar of how to draft conference research conference proposals
  • Seminar on how to apply for research funding
  • Seminar on Social Academic Media options for collaborative research and for promoting one’s research
  • Seminars that feature faculty presenting their recent research so that PGRs have a chance to participate in Research Conference interaction with a trained researcher


The course will also feature a weekly pastoral session to check on various PGR activities and needs while they progress through the First Year PGR Program to better ensure optimal study progress and health and safety issues.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Project Report / Dissertation 100%


Resit: Resubmission of Project Report / Dissertation 100%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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