Career Development Programme

Research and Professional Skills

Studying for a DPhil requires curiosity; an aptitude for original, independent and critical thinking; and the ability to communicate well and manage projects. Working at the interface between the life sciences and physical sciences, and between industry and academia, requires a particularly high degree of flexibility, as the presentation of research can differ greatly depending on context.

The Research and Professional Skills programme runs throughout all 4 years at the Doctoral Training Centre. It is one of the extras that you get being part of a Centre for Doctoral Training. Our programme is designed not only to equip you at just the right times with the necessary skillset to be a successful researcher at Oxford, but also gives you an opportunity to develop personal transferable skills.

Through a series of lectures and seminars, you will build competence and confidence as researchers. These qualities are not only key in research, but equally important in many careers.

You will also have access to the wealth of additional professional skills training offered by the Mathematics, Physical, and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division. To learn more please visit the MPLS Graduate School website. To learn more about training in entrepreneurial skills please visit the MPLS Enterprise website.

Research and Professional Skills: Years 1-4

Communication Impact Career
BioEthics Project Management
Research Ethics Scientific Writing Public Understanding
of Science
Working In &
With Industry
Planning a DPhil Teaching Skills*
(for a UK HEA
Evidence-Led Policy Application &
Completing Your DPhil Presenting at
Intellectual Property Enterprise &
  Podcasting Public Outreach    
  Social Media Training