Training for research students

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Research Training Seminar (RTS)

The Research Training Seminar (RTS) is the training provided by the History department for its graduate research students. It meets approximately once a fortnight during terms 1 and 2 (or weekly if neccessary), and aims to provide graduate researchers with the practical, intellectual, and emotional skills required to carry out research in history.

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Doctoral Skills Development programme

UCL's doctoral school runs a full programme of free skills training for research students. The skills programme is informed by Vitae's national Researcher Development Framework (RDF), a professional national development framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers. 

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LAHP research training

UCL History is a member of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, a group of London institutions that holds a number of AHRC-funded PhD studentships. The LAHP also runs a programme of training sessions, which is open to all graduate researchers at LAHP institutions.

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UCL ISD (computing) training

UCL's Information Services Division runs a series of training courses for staff and students. Depending on the nature and methodology of your research, you may find that some of the courses they offer are of use to you as you complete your research. In particular, the course on using Word for theses may be of interest to MPhil/PhD students.

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Language skills

There are a number of options available to students wishing to learn a language in order to facilitate their doctoral research: UCL's Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE) offers evening classes in nine modern languages, which are available to UCL students at a discount rate. The School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES) offers further training in additional Eastern European languages. The LAHP, about which you can find more information above, offers a limited number of free places each year on modern language courses taught at King's College London.