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PGR Framework

The PGR Framework is a programme that provides a flexible, inclusive and progressive structure to enhance the University's approach to the support and training of postgraduate research (PGR) students.  It provides the training component that accompanies the doctoral work of PGR students, designed with the flexibility required to suit students’ needs.  It enables PGR students, with their supervisors’ support, to ensure that they can acquire all the necessary skills to become competent independent researchers.

This Framework is jointly offered by all the Faculties of the University, and includes development opportunities provided by the Centre for Educational Development (CED); Career and Employability Services; Academic Skills Advice; Language Centre; Library and IT Services. It also includes access to the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI) and similar networks and external providers. 

For more information contact the PGR Admin team pgr-admin@bradford.ac.uk

How do I access the Research Methods Modules?

Within the first two weeks of starting their doctoral programme, and normally as part of their induction, PGR students will meet with their supervisors to discuss their training needs and complete an agreed Training Needs Analysis form TNA. The TNA form will be specific to each Faculty’s doctoral programme, covering areas such as skills required to become an effective researcher, research and career skills, subject specific advanced training and skills, etc. The form completed by PGR students and their supervisors will state each student’s training needs and how those will be met.  Students, with their supervisors will be able to choose from the Research Methods Modules outlined below which are‌ provided by all Faculties and subject specific modules provided by a students’ own Faculty that relates to their own field of study and research topic.  That TNA will be reviewed at regular intervals, normally every six months, and at least once a year.
 
Thus the Framework will enable all PGR students to take specific modules according to their needs. Students are able to take modules with or without credit.  There is the additional possibility of being considered for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods, if the student and their supervisor considers this appropriate as part of their agreed TNA, and provided that their doctoral programme allows that possibility.
 
You will find the Research Methods Modules here ResearchMethodsModules(xlsx,15KB)
and the module descriptors for these modules can be found http://www.brad.ac.uk/aqpo/modules/ 
 

To book these modules contact your Faculty Reserach Administrator:

FoEI Judy Cowley J.Cowley@bradford.ac.uk

FoHS Jyoti Maisuria J.Maisuria1@bradford.ac.uk

FoLS Jemma Hunt J.V.Hunt@bradford.ac.uk

FoML Andrea Buttle A.Buttle1@bradford.ac.uk

FoSS Sandra Hall S.Hall2@bradford.ac.uk

 

Obtain a Postgraduate Research Methods award

To obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods, students will need to complete the assessments for 60 credits’ worth of modules, of which at least 40 credits must be research methods modules, and 20 credits can be subject specific modules at Level 7 from within the student’s own faculty.

To obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods, students will need to complete the assessments for 120 credits’ worth of modules, of which at least 80 credits must be research methods modules, and 40 credits can be subject specific modules at Level 7 from within the student’s own faculty. Subject specific modules are any Master's level module taught within the student’s discipline, that may cover relevant literature or theoretical approaches to the student’s topic of study.

You can find these listed on the postgraduate taught course pages or ask your supervisor or PGR administrator for suggestions.

Useful links

The PGR Framework provides you with an excellent opportunity to further develop specific skills, transferable skills, personal and interpersonal skills, as well providing access to advice and support.  Here are some useful links: