Prior to the submission of your research proposal, you are required to submit three Research Training Papers (RTPs). This is formal research training assessment, and gaining a pass is a prerequisite for submission of the research proposal. Preparation for writing your RTPs (and also your research proposal) occurs through work with your supervisor, and through your participation in teaching courses and seminars.
The RTPs are designed to monitor your progress in the issues covered in the field methods and research seminars that are held in the Michaelmas and Lent terms, and so aid the preparation for your fieldwork project. The aims are:
- To monitor student progress in advance of the submission of the fieldwork proposal
- To provide a series of research training exercises in the hunting out of information and in the formulation of researchable problems
- To act as a bridge between general problems being discussed over a wide range of issues and the specific issues that may apply to the student’s own research planning
- To provide a framework for the translation of general theoretical concerns into precise and focused research proposals.
Form and content
Each RTP should normally be no more than 4,000 words in length, and the subject must be chosen by the candidate from a list which will be announced by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science by the Division of Michaelmas Term.
Please see the List of Research Training Paper titles for 2015-16.
The titles should be flexible enough to enable you to interpret them in a way that is useful to your own research topic. You should decide on the topics in consultation with your supervisor, and should you wish to modify the questions in any way, please discuss this with Dr Sneath.
Submission deadlines are announced annually in the Pre-field Diary.
Social Theory and Professional Research Practice essays: Fri. 15 January 2016, or Fri. 22 April 2016.
Ethnographic case study: Fri. 22 April 2016
Thesis: Fri. 26 August 2016
All items submitted for assessment for this course must include a signed statement of the exact word count of the piece.
Two hard copies of your essay/thesis must be submitted to the Graduate Administrator, Division of Social Anthropology, Free School Lane by noon on the day of the deadline.
You must also submit an electronic version (.doc, .docx or .pdf) via the MRes/PhD1 Moodle Course by the same deadline.
You are expected to manage your time to meet the deadlines. This includes, for example, preparing a draft well in advance, to allow reasonable time for feedback from your supervisor, and final revisions.
The research training papers are read by assessors appointed by the PhD Committee. Formally, they are given either a pass or fail grade, but assessors will also be asked to give an indication of whether the RTPs that pass would gain a distinction or high pass. Papers that do not pass may be revised and resubmitted once. No one who has not passed the RTPs will be allowed to submit a research proposal.