Not available in 2017/18
Researching People, Politics and Organisations

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Michael Bruter CON406, Prof Edward Page CON3.05 and Prof Martin Lodge CON3.08


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Government and PhD in Political Science. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Optional for second and subsequent year research students in Government and elsewhere in the School involved in researching political science topics. First year students may attend if numbers permit.

Course content

The workshop is for all PhD students doing empirical work in political science, whether quantitative, qualitative or mixed, and whatever theoretical approach they take. Around six of the twelve regular sessions are to be devoted to PhD student presentations and concentrate on setting the problems faced and choices made in approaching the empirical research. In the remaining four sessions we will arrange workshops involving outside speakers dealing with crosscutting issues for which we have experienced substantial demand including issues closely related to the empirical analysis of government such as interviewing techniques and the availability and use of international data banks as well as sessions of more general appeal including on how the UK and US job market works, the journal publishing process and presenting at academic conferences and job interviews. If numbers of students mean that we need more than 10 sessions, we will arrange extra late afternoon sessions, up to five throughout the year, to accommodate the crosscutting issues.


10 hours of seminars in the MT. 10 hours of seminars in the LT.

Indicative reading

Workshops will tailor reading to the research of the participants.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills