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 the courses listed below. 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 (6th November 2013 and 26th February 2014)
2. How to write an Informatics PhD Proposal (April 2014, precise day TBD)
All second years are expected to take:
- How to Give a Talk [15th April 2014]
- How to Write an Informatics Research Paper [2nd September 2013] Please find Course materials here.
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. We recommend the following:
- 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
We especially recommend the following additional courses, all of which are offered by IAD several times a year:
- PG Essentials
- Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies
- How to be an Effective Researcher
- Public Engagement Training
- Introduction to Research Funding
Anyone whose thesis has ehtical issues or who is just interested in science and social responsibility can take the following online course:
Many other resources and courses are available; their details, other sources of training, and full details of current courses can be found online.
- Institute for Academic Development
- IAD Resources, Posters, Flyers etc
- A list of the IAD courses for CSE PGR students in the academic year 2013-2014 can be found in this document.
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