Working Towards the Upgrade

Upgrading from MPhil to the status of PhD candidate is an important milestone for postgraduate researchers. Crucially, you must submit the work you’ve done so far and explain its potential as an original and significant piece of research.

This course is dedicated to early-stage researchers who are seeking guidance and peer support while working towards the upgrade. Through this training, you’ll make significant progress, share ideas, and build a network. The programme covers:

  • Planning, Structuring, and Developing Your Thesis
  • Creating Your Literature Review
  • Developing Critical Reading Techniques
  • Effective Note-Taking Strategies
  • Boosting Your Writing Productivity
  • Improving Your Writing Style

Each week, we’ll address a specific topic. Between sessions, you’ll work on self-paced activities and participate in optional peer groups.

This training is aimed at mid-stage PhD students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

What you’ll get

  • Six 2-hour webinars, including group discussions and Q&A
  • Activities to complete between live sessions
  • A short video-based course for you to follow at your own pace
  • Follow-up coaching emails to keep you on track
  • Links to further resources


“The tech worked especially well and Catherine was a calming and clear speaker. I wish I had done this course a year ago! Please run this again – superb course!”

“Lots of good techniques and ideas, but Catherine was never didactic, she always said you had to see how they worked for you and your research.”

“Clear, concise information and advice – plus great peer participation/support.”


This course costs £3600 + VAT for up to 24 participants.

On receipt of a purchase order, we’ll then arrange a date with you for the live webinars and make all the necessary technical arrangements. Participants will get access to an online welcome pack ahead of the first session. Everything is managed by us, you just need to let us know the students’ names and email addresses.

Please contact us if you’d like to book this training or if you have any questions.