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Training Opportunities

As a postgraduate research student in Medicine, you will have access to a wide range of information and specialist support services. We offer a variety of support mechanisms including a team consisting of two supervisors to provide expert advice on research projects; student and staff representatives; a team of pastoral advisers; and a student-run society, the Life Sciences Postgraduate Society.

Medicine provides a wide range of research and transferable skills training opportunities for postgraduate students. A two-week orientation programme given by senior faculty members introduces research activities, specialist techniques and generic skills including developing research hypotheses, literature searching and ethical issues in research. Training in statistics is also available.

We also provide a comprehensive transferable skills and career development programme which covers a broad range of topics providing training in a number of key skills including: communication, presentation and scientific writing; teaching and supervision, project and time management; personal development; management and team building; and entrepreneurship. The programme offers postgraduate research students and postdoctoral researchers the benefit of networking with their peers and with a wide variety of researchers.

The Faculty's training programme will:

The research training programme for 2011/2012 will be organised in seven sections:

Medicine Postdoctoral Association

Medicine Postdoctoral Association runs a seminar programme which provides an insight into the practical experience of experts in the topics covered and offers information regarding a range of potential career opportunities.

The transferable skills and the seminar programmes are affiliated to Medicine's Postdoctoral Association to facilitate a seamless career development and support and opportunities for integration of students and post-doctoral fellows. 


You will not be expected to enter a laboratory for the first time and immediately embark upon a successful project without training in laboratory skills or etiquette. The graduate training programme ensures that you are provided with adequate guidance and training in techniques. However, practical training sessions vary according to research division. A combination of lectures and practical sessions introducing laboratory techniques are normally offered by Schools following the Autumn seminar programme. It may be possible for you to take part in practical sessions offered by other schools, depending on lecturer time and laboratory space availability.

Research skills and Statistics

You may well require further research skills and statistics training to enable you to analyse the results of your research project. We provide a Research Skills in Biomedical Sciences course in October of each year

Professional Development 

The University professional development department runs courses and workshops for postgraduate research students to help further your career.  You may also have the opportunity to attend staff training courses offered by this department which include a variety of Continuing Professional Development courses. You should discuss your requirements with your supervisor, or mentor. 

Short courses and seminars

Details of regular divisional seminars may be found in the News and Seminars section on the Faculty of Medicine website

Details of clinical seminars and forthcoming events arranged by the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility are advertised on the WTCRF website. 

Clinical Grand Rounds are offered on a weekly basis during term time. The current programme is advertised by the SUHT Clinical Directorates.

Postgraduate Short Courses in Advanced Microscopy in the Biomedical Imaging Unit

The first seminar programme of the year normally takes place at the beginning of October, soon after the induction day. It offers generic and theory sessions for techniques covered in the practical workshops. The second seminar programme is held immediately after the Christmas break and offers further generic and more specialist seminars.


Vitae  is a nationwide programme of residential courses on which postgraduate students and employees new to the world of work develop their transferable employability skills as part of their continuing professional development. Vitae delivers this career development programme on behalf of the Research Councils and Boards of the UK.

Develop your research and transferable skills
Postgraduate training opportunities

Attending conferences

To aid our communication skills objectives for our students, we provide a conference attendance fund to encourage attendance at important and relevant national and international conferences.

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