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The Research Skills Series

The Research Skills Series


To provide graduate members of the Faculty with useful information to aid their research skills and prepare them for future academic work.

Who can attend?

Unless otherwise stated, all graduate members of the Faculty.

Where can I find out dates and times?

This information is in the Graduate Training Booklet, which you can access via The History Faculty's Moodle page, under Graduate Training here. You can also use the Graduate Training calendar to see when sessions are scheduled.


Why choose Cambridge for your PhD?

A session aimed at MPhils to let you know what is offered with the PhD in History at Cambridge so you can decide whether you would like to continue your research studies with us.


Good Research Practice

How do historians embarking on graduate research work make the best use of their time, skills, and resources in order to see their research to completion? Issues considered will be how to ask good questions, finding documents, searching for information,m taking notes, arguing and telling stories, drafting, editing, revising, how to position your work in the context of others, and more. The presentation will be followed by a discussion of research projects and there will be time for questions.


Tackling Overseas Libraries and Archives (PhD students)

Do you plan to work away from Cambridge? Come and find our some tips on how to handle the experience.


Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

Plagiarism can be unintentional as well as intentional. Both types of plagiarism may be punished severely. Unintentional plagiarism is often the result of bad note-taking as early as the first term of research, so come along and prepare yourself to avoid plagiarism in your work. We strongly advise all MPhil and PhD students to attend this session.


Preparation for the RAE (Registration Assessment Exercise)

The RAE serves a serious educational purpose, namely to provide substantial advice and constructive criticism to students about their planned PhD project in a formal setting. It may, in certain circumstances, also become an examination in its own right, since its purpose is to confirm that satisfactory progress has been made, and that the research project can feasibly be completed within the appointed time-span. This is an informal session, so students should feel free to raise questions and discuss problems. Please also consult the PhD Handbook for further information concerning the RAE.


Writing Up and Skilling Up - The Final Stretch of the PhD

Pedro Ramos Pinto is Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of History and Lecturer in International Economic History. His own research covers the historical dynamics of inequality and social policies, as well as collective action and the politics of citizenship in Europe and Latin America. He will be giving this session to those continuing on to their third year when the focus is on writing up, focusing student attention and strategies on the range of things required of third-year PhD students.




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