Manchester Metropolitan University

Doctoral Training and Development

Our research training programme offers a broad and comprehensive range of training courses to help you develop vital transferable skills.

Our training is designed to develop independent researchers in keeping with the training guidelines suggested by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Doctoral Research Training Programme (DRTP)

The DRTP is completed in the first year (full-time) and over two years (part-time). This programme develops skills associated with the social science disciplines embedded in Business and Law research.

Our training is designed to develop independent researchers in keeping with the training guidelines suggested by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The training programme comprises four units covering:

Each unit has an assessed piece of work, the pass mark for each assignment is 50%.

Following the completion of the DRTP units, you will be required to prepare a report on your progress and proposed PhD project for your PhD progression viva.

There are also opportunities to engage in the wider research community across the Faculty of Business and Law and the University Graduate School. We encourage you to engage in a number of development activities including the Annual Doctoral Symposium and the three-minute thesis competition. There are opportunities to present papers on the research in progress at the Annual Doctoral Symposium and the University Annual Doctoral Research Conference.

There is an active programme of supplementary research skills training offered through the University’s Graduate School. Students are also able to take advantage of the Business School Membership of the Northern Advanced Regional Training Initiative (NARTI) which is a consortium of Northern Universities offering Advanced Doctoral Training.

Annual Symposium

The Doctoral Symposium of the Faculty of Business and Law is an annual event where research students present and discuss their research. The Symposium follows the format of an academic conference and serves as an opportunity to share, discuss and explore as a research community. As an integral part of your research training, this event gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in the critical evaluation of research, presentation and critiquing.

This is a key landmark in our academic year and we look forward to an interesting and supportive events. You may even win a best paper prize!