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Research Training Course 1: Introduction to Research ENGLANG5133

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course offers Masters-level academic and professional training to students taking Masters programmes in English Language and Linguistics. Students will develop their skills in research, oral and written communication, and professional academic practice.


5 x weekly two-hour seminars

2 x attendance (minimum) at the one-hour English Language & Linguistics research seminars (or other university research seminars/events or SCS reading/research groups or comparable online seminars or events)

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses

ENGLIT 5101 Research Training Course: English Literature

TRS 5031 Research Training Course: Theological and Religious Studies




40% Set of two blogs reflecting on research seminars/events (400 words each)

60% Short-answer portfolio on methodologies (1500 words or equivalent)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to research techniques relevant to Masters' level programmes in English Language and Linguistics;

■ facilitate the acquisition of relevant methodological skills;

■ provide a forum for the critical discussion of key issues related to the development of professional academic and employability-related skills

■ enable students to assess their progress in research skills within their Masters' programme.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ plan their research effectively;

■ present their ideas effectively to a professional cohort engaged in advanced research in subjects in the field of English Language & Linguistics

■ participate actively and with understanding in workshops designed for their academic and professional development;

■ reflect critically on the development of their skills from the perspectives of research preparation, employability and personal development.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.