Research and Skills Training

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine offers a comprehensive and individualised training programme for each postgraduate research student which aims to help you reach your full potential. As a postgraduate research student you would access central Graduate School training, discipline-specific Faculty training, and also engage with key external national conferences and training events. In addition to training in core research skills, a PhD programme involves the acquisition and training of a wide variety of generic skills which will prepare you for a range of future careers.

Your training and development will be fully supported by Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework. Vitae promotes the personal, professional, and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. This is a structured framework which helps to identify training needs and supports the acquisition of skills in our postgraduate research students.

Your training needs would be regularly discussed during supervision and supported by the Faculty postgraduate research student tutor.

We understand that undertaking a PhD can be a daunting experience and as a post graduate research student you will receive ongoing support along the journey from numerous sources. Your supervisory team and postgraduate research student tutor will be on hand to provide support and guidance and we also run Post-Doctoral and Doctoral Student Support Group sessions within the Faculty for PhD students.

Training and learning new skills is a really important part of doing a PhD and in the Faculty our students access a wide range of opportunities including core training and attendance at regional and national conferences.

– Lucy Bray, Postgraduate Research Student Tutor.

I am now in my second year of PhD study at the FOHSC and I have found it both challenging and rewarding. Supervisors have provided support and encouragement, a great deal more freedom to direct my study than I had expected, in addition to expertise and guidance. I have already achieved much more than I thought I was capable of and look forward to each stage of the process.

– Jill, 2nd year PhD student.

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