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Department of History and Philosophy of Science

 

Induction session for HPSM MPhil and Part III students

Wednesday 7 October 2020, 2–5pm

This induction will consist of two parts:

The latter session will be conducted by the MPhil Managers (Marta Halina and Staffan Müller-Wille) and the Part III Manager (Helen Curry). 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 Research Paper 1 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 postgraduate 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.)

Induction session for new PhD students and new PhD supervisors

Wednesday 7 October 2020, 2–5pm

This induction will consist of two parts:

In the first half of the second part (3–4pm), the Director of Postgraduate 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. In the second half (4–5pm), Matt Farr 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 postgraduate and postdoc training programme, and other ongoing teaching, research and training programmes in the Department and elsewhere in the University.

What does HPS mean to me?

Thursday 8 October 2020, 3.30–5.00pm, Teams: Seminar Room 2

Short answers by Anna Alexandrova (chair), Hasok Chang, Staffan Müller-Wille, Simon Schaffer, Matt Farr, Marta Halina, Sam Robinson, Salim Al-Gailani.

Induction session for continuing PhD students and new postdocs

Friday 9 October 2020, 1.30–2.30pm, Teams: Board Room
Hasok Chang

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.

What does HPS mean to the world?

Thursday 15 October 2020, 3.30–5.00pm, Teams: Seminar Room 2

Short answers by Helen Curry (chair), Nick Hopwood, Lauren Kassell, Tim Lewens, Mary Brazelton, Jacob Stegenga, Stephen John, Josh Nall.