Research courses


As a student undertaking a research course at HTC, you will focus on a specific area of research throughout your course, working with an academic supervisor who will oversee your studies.

Your supervisor will help you devise a program  that allows you to realize the full benefits of the resources and intellectual community in HTC. They will meet with you regularly to provide advice about the specific project and suitable research methods. For example, research students are often trained in specific research skills such as statistical techniques or paleography. Supervisors will stimulate your thinking, requesting written work and returning it to you with constructive criticism. They will review your progress and help you to work within a planned framework and timetable. In the experimental sciences, you can expect to be in regular contact with your supervisor through shared work in the laboratory. In addition you are likely to be part of a research team under your supervisor and this collaborative style of working can provide an important additional information stream and advice network. 

There are certain key stages during your progress towards a research degree when input from your supervisor is particularly crucial:

·         At the beginning, when your research topic and treatment are being defined.

·         When you transfer from one formal status to another – for example, from Probationer Research Student to full DPhil status (see below for information).

·         When the thesis is in the final stages of preparation for submission.

Where possible your academic supervisor will not change for the duration of your course, however it may be necessary to assign a new academic supervisor before registration or during your course of study for reasons which might include sabbatical leave, maternity leave or change in employment.

Students undertaking research degrees must apply for transfer and confirmation of status within specified time limits for their course, as detailed below.

Research degrees offered by the HTC include:

Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil)

Doctor of Engineering (DEng)

Master of Science (MSc) by Research

Combined Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) 

Doctoral training program  (CDTs and DTPs)