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Induction sessions

(1) MPhil and Part III students

Tuesday 3 October 2017, 2–5pm

This induction will consist of two parts:

  • 2–3pm: General introductory meeting for new people (Seminar Room 2)
  • 3–5pm: Introduction to the master's programmes (Seminar Room 2)

The latter session will be conducted by the MPhil Managers (Jacob Stegenga and Mary Brazelton) and the Part III Manager (Anna Alexandrova). Basic course structure and routines will be explained, and initial guidance will be given on how to get on with the first essay: choosing a topic, choosing and working with a supervisor, doing the research, and writing. There will be some specific guidance given on the Research Paper for Part III students, and the first essay for MPhil students. Initial advice will also be given for those who are interested in applying for a PhD in Cambridge or elsewhere, to be followed up by an hour-long advice session later in the term. A brief introduction to the rest of the graduate and postdoc training programme will also be given. (This induction session will be followed, at a later date, by individual meetings with the MPhil Manager or Part III Manager. Later in the year, look out for the advice session on dissertation-writing.)

(2) New PhD students and new PhD supervisors

Tuesday 3 October 2017, 2–5pm

This induction will consist of two parts:

  • 2–3pm: General introductory meeting for new people (Seminar Room 2)
  • 3–5pm: Introduction to the PhD programme and getting started with research (Seminar Room 1)

The first part, conducted by the Director of Graduate Studies (Nick Hopwood) will explain the basic structure of the PhD programme (including the annual reviews and the log book) and give advice on how to establish a working routine with the supervisor. Advice will be given about the support structures in the Department, the School and the University. The last part, led by the Graduate Training Officer (Joseph Martin), will give detailed advice on how to start researching for your PhD project and how to build the background knowledge and expertise to support that research. This will include a detailed introduction to the rest of the graduate and postdoc training programme, and other ongoing teaching, research and training programmes in the Department and elsewhere in the University.

(3) Continuing PhD students and new postdocs

Friday 6 October 2017, 1.30–2.30pm, Seminar Room 1

This induction is for continuing PhD students and postdocs. The first part will provide a broad range of guidance on managing the mid-stage of the PhD and maintaining the momentum of research and writing. Some preliminary advice will be given on aspects of career development, such as the building-up of teaching experience, giving a research talk, and how to make the most of conferences. The second part will give guidance on managing the final stage of the PhD, the process of applying for academic jobs or developing non-academic career paths, and applying for research grants.