Nature of the doctorate and the supervision process

Title:Nature of the doctorate and the supervision process

Duration:0.5 days
Training Units1.0
The Graduate School

This course is delivered by the Graduate School

The Graduate School courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience

Early stage postgraduate research student

The course is designed to help students consider and explore the nature and expectations of doctoral study. The course is aimed at research students in the early stages of their doctorate, although students further on in their studies can also attend if they wish. It will help you to gain a clearer understanding of the UK doctorate and the supervision process.


Interactive workshop


Students will discuss what counts as a doctorate, consider common problems encountered by research students and reflect on simple guidelines for managing their supervisory relationships. They will also consider a number of case study scenarios to identify potential solutions to some of the common challenges and issues experienced by research students.

Related courses

Understanding your Research Degree is a stand-alone course providing the opportunity for students to explore the core skills and knowledge required to plan and manage a doctoral research project, and to manage time effectively

Planning your Research - classroom based course

Research Integrity - stand-alone online course designed to strengthen your awareness of your own responsibilities and accountability when planning and conducting research and provides guidance on what to do should things go wrong. 


To familiarise postgraduate research students with the expectations of doctoral study and qualifications at the University of Nottingham.

To help postgraduate research students identify how they start to effectively plan and manage their supervisory sessions and relationships with their supervisor.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this workshop, you will:

·        understand the purpose and nature of doctoral research and training

·        be aware of the knowledge and skills you will have to acquire and demonstrate in order to be awarded a doctorate

·        be able to identify the responsibilities of both students and supervisors

·        be able to list a realistic set of expectations for building a good relationship with your supervisors

·        be able to present solutions to challenges and issues commonly faced by students during their doctoral research

Booking Conditions

Latecomer policy
Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Graduate School or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment
When booking on to a Graduate School short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Graduate School maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Graduate School courses and will affect considerations for Graduate School funded opportunities.

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