As well as Postgraduate Student Representatives, and the school office, there are two primary contacts that can help discuss matters with regards to both prospective and current postgraduate students. These are the Director of Postgraduate Research, primarily in charge of research degrees, and the Director of Postgraduate Studies, primarily in charge of our taught postgraduate programes. Contact details for the current holders of these posts can be found below.
Director of Postgraduate Research: Professor Andrew Gordon
Director of Postgraduate Studies: Dr Amy Bryzgel
If you are interested in studying with us, either by research or on one of our taught programmes, then please consul our Degree Programmes page for more information on the programmes available, the research interests within the school and help and advice on how to apply.
Postgraduate Research Events & Support
Below you can find information on some of the resources and events that run throughout the academic year to help our postgraduate students excel throughout their studies.
- Common Room
The School of LLMVC has a dedicated space for its PGT and PGR students, a friendly common room located in Taylor C6. The door is kept locked but you can get the code easily from the School office or Dr. Bryzgel. The common room is yours to use as you like, for meetings, quiet study, social events, to eat lunch or grab a coffee. There is a coffee machine, tea kettle, microwave and refrigerator for you to use, and cosy chairs to relax in. The Common Room also features a “de-stress” corner, with de-stressing toys and games, and coloring books.
The Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr. Amy Bryzgel, holds regular informal drop-in coffee hours in the Common Room throughout the semester. This is a chance for students to come and discuss any issues or queries, or just have a casual chat. Dr. Bryzgel often brings her own home-baked cookies or cupcakes, and students have also been known to bring their own home-baked treats as well!
- Research Gym
The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture pioneered the Research Gym: Training to be a Researcher in the Humanities, in 2015. The Gym offers regular training sessions related to the skills needed to be a successful researcher, such as academic writing, formulating a research proposal, navigating the funding landscape, research ethics, collaboration, presentation skills, among others. For the first time in 2017-2018, the Research Gym was run in collaboration with the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, offering LLMVC students to meet with other researchers in the humanities from another School.
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- PG Conference
In December 2017 we launched the annual Postgraduate Research Conference Language, Text, Sound & Image to showcase postgraduate research in the school. At this event PhD students in their second year of study or beyond, give their annual research presentation. For some, this may be their first research paper, while others may already be old hands on the conference circuit. Either way it is an opportunity for students to improve their presenting skills, to try out aspects of their thesis in a research paper format, and to get feedback on their work from staff and fellow research students across the school.
- PG Forum
Welcome to the postgraduate community in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture and to the wider community of the College of Arts and Social Sciences. We hope you will want to become involved! Below are some ways to help you get to know other postgraduates.
A Message from your Postgraduate Representative:
This is just a brief message to let you know about the School for Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture Postgraduate Forum.
The Postgraduate Forum is run for students, by students. Its purpose is to provide a space where we can come together in order to present and listen to academic papers, while also accommodating contact between the many members which make up our vibrant postgraduate community – the post-paper socialising is as much as part of the Forum as the papers themselves! The Forum is usually held at 4pm on the last Wednesday of each month.
The Forum is an essential part of the postgraduate experience. It invites lively and friendly discussion regarding research practice, and it is a means by which we can find out what exciting study that our peers are engaging in. It also provides an ideal opportunity to try out papers ahead of conferences, or for showcasing research you are particularly proud of; you’ll be guaranteed a warm reception, and tricky questions will be kept to a minimum, making it a useful environment to hone presentation skills. We also aim to run occasional workshops regarding various facets of academic life, including conferences, teaching and publishing – if there’s a subject you would like to know more about, please get in touch.
If you’re new to Aberdeen, the Forum is a great way to meet like-minded people who understand the frequent tribulations – and occasional triumphs – of postgraduate study. All events are also publicised – look out for regular emails keeping you updated of happenings, you can also visit us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/133918496111/
Good luck to everyone starting their new degrees, and I look forward to meeting you soon.
Muhammad Saeed Nasir (PG Rep 2017-18) email@example.com