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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Induction session for new PhD students and new PhD supervisors

Tuesday 5 October 2021, 2–4pm, Hopkinson Lecture Theatre
Hasok Chang

In the first half, the Director of Postgraduate Education (Hasok Chang) will explain the basic structure of the PhD programme (including the annual reviews and the log book), give advice on how to establish a working routine with the supervisor, and explain the support structures in the Department, the School and the University. In the second half, there will be 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.

Welcome to the research community

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 2–3pm, Teams (Virtual Seminar Room 2)
Hasok Chang, Tim Lewens and Jane Clare

This is a general introductory meeting for new PhD students, HPSM MPhil and Part III students, postdocs, staff and visitors.

Induction sessions for HPSM MPhil and Part III students

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 3.30–5pm
Helen Curry, Marta Halina and Staffan Müller-Wille

HPSM MPhil students will meet in the Hopkinson Lecture Theatre; Part III students will meet in Seminar Room 2.

These sessions 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 continuing PhD students and new postdocs

Friday 8 October 2021
1.30–2.30pm, Seminar Room 2
2.30–3pm, Teams (Virtual Seminar Room 2)
Anna Alexandrova

This induction is for continuing PhD students and postdocs. You've got a PhD to finish, department life to participate in, and a future to think about. How do you juggle all your balls and make the best of your time? We 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. We will also touch 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. The first fifty minutes of the session will be in person in SR2 and the remainder online on the MS Teams SR2 channel.