The SCDTP training programme aims to provide each student with a wide range of research, subject and interdisciplinary skills. All students will be based within at least one of seven Thematic Clusters, which will provide interdisciplinary training activities and develop expertise, skills and collaboration around key interdisciplinary research or methods themes.

Within the SCDTP as a whole, a range of general and transferable skills activities will also take place monthly and at residential visits, enhancing overall cohort skills levels and identity. Students will also access general and transferable skills training opportunities within their respective host universities.

MSc programme

All 1+3.5 SCDTP students will undertake a Masters programme in their first year at the Department and University where they will also undertake their PhD programme.

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From 2024-25, every student is expected to include a Research in Practice (RiP) component in their PhD training. Often thought of as an internship, but actually more flexible than that, the RiP provides practical opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge and methodological skills in different local, national and international contexts and sectors.

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Training continues for all students throughout their PhD programme via a range of activities including skills workshops, PhD forums, research groups, seminars and reading groups. The centrality of methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed) is a guiding theme within the SCDTP. To facilitate the development of a wide range of advanced research methods throughout the study…

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Thematic Cluster training will be provided across the whole lifecourse of postgraduate study. Such clusters draw on a range of interdisciplinary areas and methods. Each cluster will have a coordinator across all four Universities of the SCDTP…

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The SCDTP will occasionally make awards of +4.5 studentships (4.5 years PhD funding including a Research-in-Practice placement) for students undertaking research of a particularly interdisciplinary nature. In recognition of the additional training requirements of the research, 4.5 years funding will be provided whilst undertaking an accredited PhD programme at one of the partner institutions. Students will be required…

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The South Coast DTP cohort meet for monthly training. Training opportunities focus on professional development and the skills needed for achieving impact, knowledge exchange, collaboration, internationalisation and cultural awareness, ethics, employability, and equality, diversity and inclusion.

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