Doctoral School

Online resources

Our online resources provide an opportunity to learn at a time and place that suits you

Online Researcher Development Programme modules



For the 2019/20 academic year The University of Sussex Doctoral School has subscribed to the UAE online training series for PGRs. It offers research and professional skills training for PGRs in a ‘live-taught’ online format. Training sessions are delivered via a virtual classroom on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 7pm-9pm. The course consists of five modules each with a number of online sessions: 

  • Module 1: Academic Writing
    • What Should a Literature Review Do?
    • Writing Effectively
    • Academic Publishing
    • Writing & Structuring an Effective Thesis
  • Module 2: Qualitative Research Skills
    • A Comparison of Qualitative Methods
    • Qualitative Interviewing
    • Analysing Qualitative Data
  • Module 3: Finishing your PhD
    • Preparing for your Viva
    • On the Job: Securing a First Academic Post
    • Preparing Impactful Research Proposals & Grant Applications
  • Module 4: Teaching Skills
    • Preparing & Delivering Seminars
    • Preparing & Delivering Lectures
    • Assessment, Feedback, & Module Design
  • Module 5: Quantitative Research Skills
    • Quantitative Research: A Basic Guide
    • An Introduction to Scale Development
    • An Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling

For more information on the individual sessions and for booking details, please visit the UAE website on this link

PLEASE NOTE: there will be a further block of daytime sessions running across March, April, and May 2020 (details below). These will be available for booking from 7.00am on Tuesday 21st January 2020. Booking is always competitive so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

The University of Sussex Doctoral School does not deal with the bookings. If you have any problems, you want to ask a question, or there is anything you don’t understand, please e-mail

Undertaking a literature review

This module provides guidance on where to begin your literature review, including what tools and resources are available to you. It also includes subject specific tips and advice on how to plan and structure the content of your literature review.  

Planning, structuring and writing your thesis

This module is for both researchers who have yet to start writing their thesis, and those who have already begun. It includes advice on: planning and structuring your thesis; writing style; staying on track; dealing with 'writer's block'; and knowing when you're finished.

Preparing for your viva

The viva can seem a daunting process, but with the right preparation it can be a rewarding experience. This module explains what to expect from your viva, the possible outcomes, and some techniques to help you prepare. It also includes types of questions you could be asked during your viva and possible strategies to best respond. 


Vitae Researcher Booklets

Vitae have produced a series of booklets giving practical advice and tips tailored to researchers. Topics include: 

Vitae (2008) 'The Balanced Researcher' booklet thumbnail

  • The balanced researcher- strategies for busy researchers
  • The informed researcher- because interacting with information is at the core of research
  • The enterprising researcher- analyse and develop your enterprising abilities
  • The leading researcher- explore and develop your leadership potential
  • The engaging researcher- inspiring people to engage with your research
  • The career-wise researcher- develop your career management skills and get the right job for you
  • The creative researcher- tools and techniques to unleash your creativity

All researchers have full access to the Vitae website and resources if you register with your Sussex email address



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