The programme starts with an induction period (week 1) and includes philosophy seminars and sessions with the individual supervisor to support the writing of the dissertation.
Research Training will consist of a number of sessions on philosophical issues relating to Philosophy research conducted by core Philosophy staff, which will generally be of two hours duration and will be held at Royal Holloway unless it is more convenient for all to hold them at Bedford Square.
The nature of these sessions will vary, depending on the number of students registered on the Masters by Research and the topics of research. Matters concerning bibliographical and other basic matters to do with the formal aspects of producing a dissertation will be dealt with between the individual supervisor and the student. Students are encouraged to attend relevant sessions of HARC and to take advantage of the many seminars offered by the Institute of Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study. Students will also receive an introduction to the Library facilities.
Students also receive supervision from specialist supervisor(s) who they should expect to see once every two weeks, for a maximum of 1 hour, during the first two terms for full-time students, half this number of meetings for part-time students. Phone and e-mail contact may take the place of face to face supervision for students who have difficulties attending College. Written work should be produced regularly to be discussed with the supervisor. The School will monitor and take action regarding students who fail to have regular contact with their supervisor, whatever their mode of communication.
On completion of the course graduates will have:
- Training in methodologies and techniques needed for research leading to an MPhil/PhD in the field
- Critical understanding of essential concepts and theories that inform advanced study in philosophy as well as the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
- Comprehensive knowledge of a particular field of philosophy gained through independent research for a major project.
- A variety of key transferrable skills that include the ability to conduct independent research, to evaluate primary and secondary sources of information, to assimilate and reflect upon a wide range of textual material, and to formulate and clearly communicate written arguments.