Face-to-face workshops are designed to complement the online courses in our research training program. They are divided into three focus areas:

  • methodologies/methods
  • communicating your research
  • fieldwork and ethics

A series of four 2-hour workshops will be dedicated to each focus area and delivered by expert staff from across the School of Arts and Social Sciences. This provides an opportunity for students to network and collaborate with fellow PhD candidates. 

The workshop series is most relevant for PhD candidates who have completed their first semester of candidature. As places in the workshops are limited, priority registration will be given to PhD candidates.

Please note that you are required to complete the online courses before attending the complementary workshops.

Students who register for a workshop series are committing to participate in all four workshops. If you cannot make this commitment, please defer your enrolment in the workshops until the next semester.

Available Workshops

Registrations are now closed. 2020 dates TBA soon.

Workshop Focus Area Additional Information
Year One Skills Workshop

PhD confirmation

Half-day workshop held each semester.

Highly recommended for first-year PhD candidates and Masters by Research/Master of Philosophy candidates. 

Ethics Workshop

Fieldwork and ethics 



This Workshop will increase HDR student understanding of how to prepare a successful application for ethics approval for social science or humanities doctoral research with human subjects.

Highly recommended for candidates in their first year, or candidates planning on applying for ethics clearance.

Before the workshop:

  • Complete the Ethics Epigeum Module in the Research Skills Program available on Moodle.
  • Read through as much of the relevant content on the UNSW Human Research Ethics website as you can.
  • Prepare and bring along project summaries and/or ethics application drafts you wish to discuss with us. 

Research Design and the Researchable Problem Workshop Series





  • Session 1: Questions - Framing your research
  • Session 2: Perspectives - approaches, positions, ethics.
  • Session 3: Methods - planning, activities, practices
  • Session 4: Outcomes - presenting, publishing, reviewing

Students must complete the methodologies and methods online courses before attending the workshops. Research methods in literature review and Research methods in the Arts & Humanities (a) or Research methods in the Social Sciences (b). 

This workshop is highly recommended for first-year students.

Communicating your Research Workshop Series


Communicating your research


  • Session 1: Writing as product: Communicate well; write compellingly
  • Session 2: Writing as process: Get it written. Then get it right
  • Session 3: Writing as process: How to write (a lot)
  • Session 4: Writing as product: Writing journal articles/book chapters

Students must complete the communicating your research online courses before attending the workshops including, Conference presenting and networking and Getting published in the arts. 

This workshop is highly recommended for candidates in their second semester or beyond. 

The Art of Interviewing Workshop Series


Fieldwork and ethics
  • Session 1: Why interview?
  • Session 2: The nuts and bolts of interviews
  • Session 3: Conducting interviews
  • Session 4: Managing data

Writing a Thesis in Arts and Social Sciences Workshop Series

Guidance in Thesis Writing
  • Session 1: Writing the Introduction
  • Session 2: Writing the Literature Review
  • Session 3: Writing the Methodology
  • Session 4: Writing the Discussion Sections and Conclusion