Researcher development programme

At the Doctoral College we run a Researcher Development Programme which offers a wide range of courses and sessions to help you develop and broaden your research and transferable skills, whether you're a postgraduate research student or member of staff.

If you've got questions or want to book a session, please contact us at

If you're a research student or research staff member at the University, the sessions we offer are free of charge. We encourage you to take these opportunities to develop and refine your skills, as well as connect with colleagues. Our programme is designed to support your research and your career choices.

The programme is supported by UK Research and Innovation, Vitae and employers of researchers. We recommend you attend up to 10 days of development activities during each academic year. These activities can be from our Researcher Development Programme, subject-specific training, external training, workshops and conferences. Our programme also includes brand new and revised sessions and repeats of our most popular development sessions, such as writing for research publication.

Visit the Vitae website for excellent development resources for research students, supervisors and research staff.

Researcher Development Training and Development Online Resources

We have a wide range of training and development resources, recorded webinars and support for research students and staff available on Moodle (UoP log-in required).

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are delivering webinars and regularly updating our online materials. For further information and enquiries please contact

The Researcher Development Programme session descriptions are available by selecting the domain A, B, C or D below.

Three Minute Thesis competition

Three Minute Thesis competition is open to postgraduate research students currently enrolled on MPhil/PhD, professional doctorate and research masters programmes.

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Images of Research Exhibition

An exhibition of images that capture the true essence of research by our postgraduate research students and research staff.

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