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Researcher training and development

Build your research and professional skills both in and outside the lab with our graduate development programme.

The programme will:

  • equip you with the skills, competencies and subject-specific training necessary to complete your research degree;
  • ensure you thrive and develop as an independent researcher and professional, and achieve your personal and career development goals;
  • provide you with opportunities to socialise, network and collaborate with other research students and postdoctoral researchers across the Faculty.

The emphasis is on training that adapts to your requirements as you progress through your research project. Courses range from short and online lessons to longer term courses, and are also supplemented by practical workshops, weekly drop-in clinics and group study sessions, so you can choose the level of support that is right for you.

You will receive training in the following areas.


Academic writing

We run online and face-to-face classes on academic writing for both home and international students.

You can also make use of our weekly drop-in writing session as and when you need it, or join an informal writing session with other students to give you the motivation to write.

For more experienced researchers, we also run courses in preparing research manuscripts for publication and how to get into publication peer review.

Doctoral essentials

Our ‘essentials’ courses cover everything from your welcome and induction – where you will be introduced to the key skills required to complete your PhD – right through to producing a high-quality thesis and preparing for your viva.

Presenting research

We will help you develop the skills you need to effectively present your research and give you the opportunity to receive supportive feedback from your peers.

Personal effectiveness

Develop your skills in time management, networking, social media, creating effective working relationships and securing funding to really take your research career to the next level.

Teaching and engagement

If you would like to take your research career into the field of teaching and public engagement, our training will guide you through the foundations of good teaching and show you how you can make a difference to the social and economic well-being of communities through teaching, research and public events and activities.

Career management

Our courses cover all areas of career planning, from exploring your career options to finding out how to get ahead, both in and outside academia.

We can also provide one-to-one feedback on CVs and applications, as well as helping you prepare for interviews.

Research methods and foundations

We run a broad range of courses on research methods covering both the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, including statistics.

In addition to this, we offer courses on more general research best practice including ethics, intellectual property awareness, project management and harnessing your research creativity.

Steps to independence

We want to give you the best start in your career as an independent researcher, so we offer courses in leadership and management in a research setting. You can also learn how to secure a fellowship, write grant applications and manage your grants.

Current postgraduate research students can see a full list of courses available and find out how to book.

Funding-specific training

There are specific courses, workshops and training for cohorts of students on funded programmes as well. These vary depending on the requirements of the relevant funding body.

Researcher Development Framework

To help you decide what training you need at each stage of your research journey, our development programme has been mapped to the Researcher Development Framework.

This is a national standard that summarises the knowledge, behaviours and attitudes of effective researchers. It can help you assess your training needs and document your personal and professional development.


“The graduate training programme has been extremely useful not only in developing skills, but almost more importantly in getting PhD students to work together and discuss their research.”

Jennifer Bryant / PhD student