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Training and information to support your progression through your doctorate

Courses for graduate students


This page includes information about how training can support your progression, and links to online courses and resources. 


You will have lots of opportunities to develop skills and expertise in your everyday work in your research group and department. The MPLS divisional programme aims to complement these. There is also a range of interdisciplinary courses available from MPLS departments.

The DPhil is a period of professional research training during which you will develop advanced specialist skills and knowledge, as well as broader transferable skills to equip you for a range of careers. Doctoral training in the departments is designed to support this principle, and to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills you need at each stage of your DPhil.

It is a good idea to think about the kind of skills and experience you will need to develop in order to carry out your research and successfully complete your DPhil. The division has developed information, resources and guidance on training needs analysis (TNA) to guide you through this process, together with a framework to help you schedule which skills to develop when. You should start this process at an early stage in your DPhil, and continue to review it regularly.

Online courses and podcasts 



Online Courses

The University has a number of free online courses designed to support you in your research which you can complete at your own pace.

Research Integrity (online courses)

Understand the key responsibilities you have as a researcher, identify the challenges you could face in meeting these responsibilities, and learn strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations.

Self-paced online courses relevant to specific research fields. 

The Balanced Researcher

This talk describes the most useful strategies that thousands of researchers have found helpful in balancing the many demands on their time.

One three hour recorded lecture.


The Imposter Syndrome


How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say "We need to have a chat". 

One three hour recorded lecture.

The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students

This workshop describes the key habits that research shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your DPhil.

One three hour recorded lecture

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