Visiting Student Researchers Programme

The Programme:

Students embarking on a PhD programme come from a variety of backgrounds. Many find that their research skills fall short of the required levels. Even where students have an adequate knowledge of the area of their research, their experience in communication, presentation and academic writing may be meagre.

The Visiting Student Researchers Programme is designed to identify participants’ weaknesses and to provide the necessary training and support. We endeavour to address problem areas experienced by doctoral students. The bespoke course material is delivered by highly experienced academics / practitioners who understand the problems that are typically encountered by research scholars.

The programme encompasses the fundamentals of a sound empirical approach to business, management, law, humanities and social science. Candidates are encouraged to develop a wide range of skills that enable them to develop an individual approach to research in their chosen subject area and to complete their doctoral thesis in a planned and timely manner. Students will also benefit from participation in a wide range of seminars and from interaction with a large group of fellow doctoral students. 

Who may apply?

The proposed visit must be to address a skills gap that many students experience for the purpose of meeting doctoral degree requirements from another university or institute. We welcome students who are already enrolled in doctoral programmes. Admissions can be held at various stages of your PhD programme. Whether they are home-based or international, full-time or part-time, all students can benefit from a programme that is designed to allow a successful engagement with a PhD programme.

The length of stay for a Visiting Research Student is at least one month and, normally, not more than 6 months.  

Find out more details about the visiting scholar programme in the [Programme Outline]


Visiting PhD students are charged a £xxxx fee per month. In addition, in order for XYZ University to provide a visa letter, the student must certify that they have adequate financial support for the duration of their stay. Financial support can be from external sources, such as the student’s home university or government, or from personal or family savings.

If you have further questions, please contact us at:


Phone: +44 (0) 1530 244922


The Markfield Institute of Higher Education
Ratby Lane,
LE67 9SY

Application Procedure

In order to apply to be a PhD Visiting Student, applicants must download the Visiting Student Researchers Programme Application Form. In addition to the completed application form, applicants must send us the following information:

  • Current résumé
  • PhD supervisor name, email address and phone number
  • Brief statement describing research proposal and reasons for visit
  • Copy of photo page of passport

Interested students should apply at least three months prior to the start of their intended visit.


Programme Outline

On completion of the Visiting Student Researchers Programme, students will find themselves equipped to articulate research hypotheses, obtain relevant data, conduct appropiate analysis, and effectively to communicate their results in both written and oral form. The programme consists of four modules :  i) a PhD road map, providing an overall orientation that enables students to identify and keep track of their goals and objectives; ii) academic reading and writing; iii) research methods; iv) communication and presentation.

I. PhD Road Map

With a PhD course running over 3, 4 or more years, it is easy for a student to lose track of what is expected at each stage. This module lays out the time line of a PhD and will guide you in setting targets for each stage of your PhD.  It will cover a vast range of topics from what is expected of you at every stage in your PhD, successfully publishing in a journal to getting yourself ready for the job market.

II. Academic Reading & Writing      

Writing papers and books for publication are not tasks that can be learned from manuals. The goal of this module is to develop academic vocabulary and to refine oral and written expression. Students are introduced to the requirements and standards of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analysing and understanding research papers, articles, texts, building arguments and using references and secondary source information. Academic writing skills cover essay structure, grammatical accuracy, paraphrasing, and citing sources.

  • Academic Reading
  • Reviewing and writing the literature.
  • Explaining estimation results.
  • Writing on MS Word.
  • References & Citation
  • Formatting & Typesetting
  • Writing on LaTeX packages – Scientific WorkPlace,  which facilitates the creation, editing, and typesetting of mathematical and scientific text

III. Research Methods

This module covers research methods for analysing quantitative and qualitative data. Choosing the most appropriate methods and understanding the relevance of various techniques can be vital in bringing coherence to research activity. The module enhances understanding of frequently used techniques in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The module examines proven methods in identifying patterns from a research perspective in order to make predictions. Opportunity is afforded for hands-on experimentation with techniques for data mining applying easy-to-use software to case studies.

  • Qualitative Research
  • Positivistic & Phenomenological approaches.
  • Case studies, interviews, documentary evidence, survey, observation and using NVivo.
  • Quantitative Research  
  • Linear regression, descriptive statistics, panel data analysis, decision analysis, advanced techniques.
  • Using SPSS, Stata, EViews.
  • Databases.
  • Ethical issues in research.

IV. Communication & Presentation Skills

Communication skills are vital. A research student must defend a dissertation with an oral presentation, write academic papers, and give presentations at seminars and conferences. This module provides opportunities to enhance professional communication skills, language proficiency and competence through a variety of in-class exercises which focus on both individual and team communication. It also enables development of the skills needed to deliver top-class presentations.

  • Clear communication and assertive constructive criticism
  • Dealing with pressure
  • Techniques of presentation and use of visual aids
  • Planning and preparation
  • Tailoring content to longer / shorter presentations
  • Slide layout techniques & using visual aids
  • Influencing and involving the audience
  • Manage Q&As effectively