The acquisition and development of personal transferable, employment-related and generic research skills is an important part of postgraduate research training. The School of Informatics works closely with the Institute for Academic Development's PG team to produce a programme of skills and research training specifically designed for its postgraduate research students.
This site will help you navigate through the wide variety of training opportunities open to you and highlight the courses that are highly recommended or essential. Most courses are half-day or full-day courses that have been designed specifically for Informatics students.
Although the formal requirements of research study do not include a coursework component it is expected that all students will attend all of the highly recommended courses.
In addition your supervisor may recommend that you attend one or more of the MSc courses available in the School of Informatics during your first year.
Please follow the instructions provided on the Institute for Academic Development site to book places on courses and check the information on course content, background needed and eligibility to ensure that the course or resource is what you require.
Highly Recommended Courses
It is expected that all students will attend these courses. Follow the
link for more detail on the contents and date of each course.
All first years are expected to take:
1. How to do an Informatics PhD: Management and Research (15th November 2012)
2. How to write an Informatics PhD Proposal (April 2012)
All second years are expected to take:
- How to Give a Talk [April 2013]
- How to Write an Informatics Research Paper [Thursday 6th September 2012] Please find Course materials here.
These courses are open to students from all years.
All third year students are expected to take:
Other Recommended Courses
The Institute for Academic Development offers many other courses that may be of benefit during your PhD and afterwards. The courses are in 4 categories:
- Research Planning: essential skills for PhD research
- Professional Development: personal and professional skills relevant to your PhD and your future career
- Communication: improve your written communication, presentation skills, and develop public engagement skills
- Information Technology: IT Courses relevant to research
Many other resources and courses are available; their details, other sources of training, and full details of current courses can be found online.
Presentations and Transkills Materials
Follow these links for access to materials and presentations used as part of these workshops:
|Managing your PhD|
|Preparing for 1st Year Review|
|Preparing Abstracts and Writing for Posters|
|Presenting Your Poster|
|PhD Thesis Workshop|
|Writing a Research Paper|
|Preparing for your Viva|
|Doing Informatics Research|
| Informatics Research Courses Repository