Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Research Training (Classics) CLASSIC5034

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides core research skills for Classics and introduces students to participation in the subject's research culture


There is no set timetable for this module. Credit-bearing activities may include:

-Training in relevant technical disciplines.
-Methodological training.
-Training in IT, library skills or other relevant areas.
-Conference attendance.
-Delivering a paper at an academic or postgraduate conference or the Departmental research seminar.
-Writing a detailed report on one or more papers delivered at the Departmental research seminar.
-Critiquing academic research in draft.
-Writing a critical survey of secondary literature in the student's chosen d
issertation area.
-Writing A sample dissertation outline
 in the student's chosen dissertation area.
-Participating in a CV workshop led by members of the Department.
-Shadowing an academic member of staff for a day.
-Structured collaboration with peers via the Graduate Moodle and/or Graduate Work-in-Progress Seminar.

Requirements of Entry

Available to students who are enrolled for a postgraduate programme in the Department of Classics


Each student must submit a portfolio demonstrating that they have engaged in the stipulated activities across a wide range of postgraduate skills. The portfolio is assessed on the standard 22 point scale.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will:

■ Provide training in key subject-specific skills and/or technical disciplines appropriate to the level of study and supplying a sound basis for advanced postgraduate research.

■ Promote appropriate academic attitudes, including collegiality, exchange of ideas and positive criticism.

■ Provide opportunities to engage in a range of academic writing disciplines.

■ Fully integrate postgraduate students into a broader Departmental research culture.

■ Promote participation in wider research cultures within the Faculty and further afield.

■ Provide a sound basis for ongoing professional development.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

■ Utilise key subject-specific skills and/or technical disciplines as appropriate.

■ Demonstrate academic attitudes appropriate to successful postgraduate study, including advanced research.

■ Demonstrate competence in a range of academic writing tasks.

■ Participated constructively in an academic research culture.

■ Reflect critically on and document their ongoing development as a researcher and starting professional.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits