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Online resources

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

Online Researcher Development Programme modules

The Doctoral School has signed up to the UEA Online Training Series again this year, and will also be repeating some of these sessions exclusively for Sussex researchers. See below for details of the main training series, and see the current RDP schedule for listings and to book a place on the bespoke Sussex sessions. Additionally, several of the RDP workshops are available as self-led online modules, or as webinar recordings, and we will be adding to this as the year progresses. See below for details. 


The UEA online training series for doctoral researchers offers research and professional skills training in a ‘live-taught’ online format. Training sessions are delivered via a virtual classroom, often on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 7pm-9pm but, this year, also on weekday mornings between 10am-12pmThe series is organised and administered by Dr Simon Watts, PGR Training Coordinator for the Faculty of Social Science at UEA, who also teaches the majority of sessions.

The series consists of five modules on different themes, each with a number of online sessions repeated three or four times throughout the year: 

  • 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
    • Using NVivo for Qualitative Research
  • Module 3: Finishing your PhD
    • Preparing for your Viva
    • 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
    • A Beginner's Guide to Quantitative Research
    • An Introduction to Scale Development
    • An Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling

**PLEASE NOTE: In a change to the booking system, all sessions running between Tues 17th November 2020 and Tues 26th January 2021 will now open for booking on Monday 26th October at 12pm. Booking is always competitive so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.**

For more information on the individual sessions and for booking details, visit the UEA Online Training Series websiteThe Doctoral School does not deal with bookings. If you have any problems, want to ask a question, or there is anything you don’t understand, please email

Researcher Development Online modules
[NB: This section will be updated shortly]

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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