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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 third year PGR students. The teaching goal of the course is to provide third-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 builds on the first two year’s worth of training to focus on intensive viva skills, interview skills, and job search skills.

Course Details

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

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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 assemble a literature survey in alignment with their research project. At the end of the second half-session, the students will be expected to submit their dissertation.


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

  • What is a Viva Voce: what PGRs need to know about maximizing the benefits of their viva voce
  • Simulations of intensive viva conditions
  • Simulations of job interview presentations
  • Simulations of intensive interview for job interview
  • How to draft an effective cover letter, CV, and other normal portfolio items for a job posting
  • How Strategic Behavior can aid in Job Hunt
  • How to publish a dissertation as a book



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

PhD Thesis (100%)


Resit: should the PhD thesis not be submitted, student will need to provide necessary evidence for a 12-month ordinary extension

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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