Research Project

In consultation with their supervisors, semester-long students prepare a research plan on a topic of their choice; they reflect on methodological issues within their discipline; and integrate material covered in literature and elsewhere, with a view to produce a piece of research that can help further their scholarly activities beyond Oxford. It is a time to learn from one another as well as from your adviser, to develop your research skills for the future.

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Develop your research skills

Preparing your research paper is an opportunity to hone the new writing skills that you have developed over the semester. You will need to formulate a hypothesis or question, plan your research paying particular attention to questions of sources, method, and approach, and write a paper in an appropriate academic voice. The process offers training in preparation for the rigorous research and writing required of a graduate student, and along the way you are supported with individual consultations with a specialist adviser.

Our aim is to help you develop the skill in posing purposeful academic questions that you can answer imaginatively as an academic. We want you to be able to write persuasively and engagingly, so that you can present material at a higher standard than ever before.

Subject areas for the Research Project

You can choose a research topic from the following disciplines:

  • business ethics and human rights
  • classics
  • English language and literature (for English and modern language students)
  • history
  • history of art
  • modern languages
  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • science and religion
  • theology

If you would like to do research in other disciplines, please let us know so we can look into the possibility of finding an appropriate adviser.

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