Residential Training Course for Postgraduate Students

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Testimonials from students who have attended the course can be found here.

4 - 7 December 2019 
Chancellors, University of Manchester

The Economic History Society offers 12 part-funded places on an intensive residential course designed to raise the quality and analytical rigour of doctoral dissertations in economic and social history; to improve the communication skills of postgraduates; to widen their approach to their subjects; and to encourage them to form networks with established scholars and fellow students in their areas of expertise. 

The course is open to 12 graduate students who are currently engaged in work on a doctoral thesis on any topic in economic and/or social history in the medieval, early modern or modern periods. Preference will be given to students who will be in their 2nd or 3rd year of study in November 2019 (FTE); this excludes course work. Five academics (with recognised expertise in the field) will act as tutors on the course. The academic course leader is Professor Stephen Rigby (Manchester), and the other academic participants will be Dr David Clayton (York), Professor Jane Humphries (Oxford), Dr Robert Nash (Manchester), and Dr Judy Stephenson (UCL).  Past courses have been very successful and have received very positive feedback from students.

Each student will:

  • present a pre-circulated 3,000-word paper setting out some of a key research  question, and some of their research findings, to the full group in a 70-minute session. The paper will draw on a section/chapter of the student's thesis but should not simply be cut and pasted verbatim from it; it should discuss some of the student's findings;
  • provide a one-page synopsis of the thesis setting out how the 3,000-word paper fits into it;
  • read other students' papers before the course and be prepared to comment on them in the research sessions;
  • act as respondent on one paper and provide the author with written comments;
  • chair another session.

Apart from the plenary sessions, there will be workshops dealing with research methods and a session discussing academic careers. There will also be a number of opportunities for informal discussion between participants as all are expected to be resident for the full duration of the course, i.e. from Wednesday evening to Saturday lunchtime. Students will be required to complete an evaluation questionnaire after the course.

Students are expected to apply, in the first instance, to their departments for their travel costs and a contribution of £330 towards the cost of the course*, which will include all accommodation (in private ensuite rooms) and meals.  The Society will support students who can demonstrate hardship and lack of access to departmental funds.

*A place on the course is not contingent on a contribution of £330.

Applications should please be made online via the link below.  Any queries should please be directed to the Society's administrator, Maureen Galbraith.

Deadline for applications is: 16 August 2019.

Other important dates:

  • 6 September 2019: notification to candidates of the outcome of their application.
  • 4 November 2019: submission of synopses and papers for circulation.
  • 18 November 2019: receipt of papers.

Online application form

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