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Development and training for postgraduate (PhD) research students

Queen Mary research students have access to training and development opportunities within the CAPD, other departments in the college, and outside QM.

Transferable skills

All full-time PhD students at Queen Mary are expected to take part in two weeks of transferable skills training activities per academic year (part-time students should complete a pro-rata rate of training as appropriate). Suggested activities include attending and presenting at conferences, participating in or helping to organise journal clubs, writing groups and seminar series, and attending training courses or workshops. Selection of appropriate activities and courses should form part of your relationship with your supervisor. The training and development activities you take part in should be recorded using the Skills Points System. More information about this system can be found on the Doctoral College website.

Research skills

While the CAPD provides many opportunities for PhD students to develop their transferable skills, during your PhD you will obviously require and develop many skills which are more specific to your discipline. These may be technical skills, methods of data analysis, language skills or a wide variety of other research-related skills.

You will probably find that you will develop many of these skills naturally during the early stages of your PhD through a combination of trial-and-error, and interactions with your supervisors and colleagues. Individual schools/institutes also run training sessions on research-related skills, which you are encouraged to attend, and there are also many external courses which you can access. More details about what is offered and expected of you in your discipline can be found from your school/institute.

QMUL Development Programme

The Researcher Development Programme is a series of workshops and training courses run by the CAPD and designed to help you to recognise and develop key skills and attributes needed to effectively manage your research, and to prepare and plan for the next stages of your career. It also provides opportunities for you to meet other research students and post-docs from different departments and campuses, which can be a valuable and interesting experience.
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Events and competitions

In addition to the CAPD’s regular programme of courses and workshops, the Doctoral College also offers events and competitions for postgraduate research students.  These will be advertised on the Doctoral College website, by e-mail, and using posters and fliers, so do keep your eyes open!
Click here to visit the Events page on the Doctoral College website.

External opportunities

Hopefully, during your PhD, you will take advantage of many of the opportunities that exist at Queen Mary. It doesn’t have to stop there though – there are a vast number of events and activities outside the College that you can get involved with.
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