For research degree students - MPhil, PhD, MD(Res)
Training opportunities for research degree students
We offer a broad range of transferable skills training and provides all research students with tailored personal development opportunities (PDF, 233KB) throughout the year. Workshops cover a range of topics including statistics, scientific writing, obtaining research funding and project management.
Research students are expected to engage in a minimum of ten days of skills training per academic year. Some courses are mandatory, others optional, some taught face-to-face and others online. This training is recorded online, via individual student personal development plans.
The Learning and Development team works with the Postdoc Association and the Scientific Officer Association to provide a series of introductory technical seminars at lunchtimes to train and support students and staff in the use of core scientific techniques. These are normally delivered once every two years by ICR scientists who are experts in the field, and include topics such as structural biology techniques, chemistry for non-chemists, bioassays in drug development, 3D tissue culture and CRISPR.
The team also works with ICR experts to support informatics and scientific computing, with courses including an Introduction to Bioinformatics, High Performance Computing and Linux, Python, programming and statistics.
They also collaborate with the Scientific Computing User Forum, which meets on a regular basis to share expertise and advice. Places are also made available on regional ‘software carpentry’ boot-camps providing basic skills in scientific computing.