Advanced Research Training in Human Geography: the Scottish Experience

Fungisai Gwanzura-Ottemoeller, Peter Hopkins, Hayden Lorimer, Lorna J. Philip

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Formal research training is integral to research degrees in human geography completed in UK higher education institutions today. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has been the driving force behind the formalization of research training. Arguably less well known among the ESRC research training recommendations is the stipulation that postgraduate research students complete advanced research training. This paper will draw upon the authors' experiences of the collaborative ESRC/Royal Scottish Geographical Society Advanced Research Training for Scottish Postgraduate Human Geographers. A detailed account of the advanced research training provision will be given, followed by staff and student reflections on the training. The paper concludes by considering what advanced research training offers to the PhD process and future developments in advanced research training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-292
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • research students
  • advanced research training
  • staff perspectives
  • student perspectives
  • UK


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