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Training courses for DPhil students in the MPLS Division have been organised into a framework of phases and categories to guide you through the broad periods of your doctorate, and help you decide which skills you want / need to develop. The framework is intended to act as a guide and is not prescriptive.

MPLS Graduate Training Framework : divisional courses

Notes for guidance

Please use the phases for guidance rather than as rigid timescales.

The training categories are defined as:

Academic skills are lecture courses / subjects that form and extension to, and fill gaps in, undergraduate knowledge.

Research skills are those needed to actually carry out research, for example safety, equipment use, programming.

Transferable career skills are those which are core to every student’s development and are genuinely transferable, although they may have a subject nuance.

Academic skills and Research skills are provided in departments. Transferable career skills are provided both by departments and the Division (and other providers as appropriate). 

To browse the full range of courses provided by departments in MPLS, see the Researcher Training Tool

The training framework

             

 

 

Foundations Phase (0-12 months)

Intensive Research Phase

(12-30 months)

Completion Phase

(24+ months)

Any Time during the DPhil

Transferable Career Skills

 

Foundations for a Successful DPhil

Conferences: Choosing, Funding, Networking

Finish your DPhil

Academic English

Introduction to Research Data Management

GRAD Challenge

 

Viva Preparation and Practice

Communicating Science

 

Managing your Supervisory Relationship

Making a Difference: Applying your Research

 

Introduction to Public Engagement

Narrative Skills

 

Poster Design and Presentation

 

 

Navigator for men (not 1st years)

Presentation Skills

 

Scientific Writing: Getting your Paper Published

 

Scientific Writing: Core Skills

Research Integrity

 

Teaching and Learning: Lab Demonstrators (PLTO)

 

Springboard for Women (not 1st years)

 

Teaching and Learning: Tutors and Class Assistants (PLTO)

 

Thesis & Report Writing

 

 

Teaching and Learning : Science not Magic (DLT)

 

Translating your Research into Hands-on Activity

 

 

Research Skills

 

 

Research Skills at these phases are delivered in your department and research groups. For more details see the Researcher Training Tool: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/portal/hierarchy/mpls/gap

 

 

Academic Skills

 

 

Academic  Skills at these phases are delivered in your department and research groups. For more details see the Researcher Training Tool: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/portal/hierarchy/mpls/gap