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Fieldwork

Documenting Hargeysa, Somaliland (Christina Woolner, 2017)

 

Fieldwork 

Students should be aware that some fieldwork is necessary for the majority of MPhil dissertations. Fieldwork should be taken during the Christmas, Easter or summer vacation periods, not during term time. The Division offers all MPhil students a short course on fieldwork methods during Michaelmas Term. 

 

Leave to Work Away

Before students depart for their period of fieldwork students must obtain official ‘Leave to Work Away’ and complete a Fieldwork Risk Assessment Form.  You should apply for ‘Leave to Work Away’ for all absences over two weeks. This must be initiated through your CamSIS self-service account during the term prior to departure.  For more information please see the University's advice for those applying for Leave to Work Away.

 

Risks and safety

The first week of the Michaelmas term includes a Graduate Safety Course, on Tuesday 3 October, which you must attend.  

Before leaving for the field you must have discussed with your supervisor any possible risks and dangers involved in your field research and must be adequately insured. You must make contingency plans should things go wrong, inform the Division, your College and your next of kin of these plans, and ensure that all the parties concerned have the relevant contact details.

Before you depart for the field, you are required to submit a Fieldwork Risk Assessment Form signed by your supervisor and the MPhil Tutor. The form is your guarantee that you have considered the risks involved and put in place the necessary arrangements.

 

Insurance

You should ensure that you have sufficient insurance in place before departing for the field. The University offers free travel insurance to students conducting overseas fieldwork.