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Training Courses for Postgraduate Researchers

Welcome to the Postgraduate Training and Development website for the Faculty of Science and Engineering (part of the Liverpool Doctoral College

Within the first few weeks of commencing postgraduate studies, each postgraduate researcher will have the opportunity to discuss their personal development needs with their Supervisor.  This discussion will be supported by (i) a Development Needs Analysis which will assist students to identify where they may benefit from additional training and (ii) a Training and Assessment Plan (TAP), which will provide guidance on core and optional training modules for each discipline.  TAPs for each Department within the Faculty of Science and Engineering can be downloaded from this page.

A flow chart explaining how these processes fit within an annual cycle may be accessed from the Liverpool Doctoral College.  A TAP should be completed each year of the postgraduate degree to ensure optimal professional development for each student and to satisfy progression requirements.

This website provides information on the range of postgraduate training opportunities available in each of the categories required to complete the TAP – these are listed in the box below.  To select a module, click on the relevant area (for example, communication and writing), and then select the module from the list presented, further information and booking instructions will then be displayed.

Happy browsing!

Communication and Writing

Training/ development opportunities in this section focus on developing your personal skills in professional communication, communicating science to audiences beyond academia, creating a digital presence  and writing up your thesis.

Research Methods

Training/ development opportunities in this section cover a wide range of skills and competencies that you will need to become an effective researcher.

Ethics and Governance

Training/ development opportunities in this section cover training in ethics in research and publication, ethical approval for research, contracts and legal issues, intellectual property rights, working with young and vulnerable people and working off-site.


Training/ development opportunities in this section include training in knowledge exchange and impact, working with decision-makers and stakeholders, working with industry and businesses, co-production of research and evidencing impact.

Employability and Entrepreneurship

Training/ development opportunities in this section focus on the range of skills and knowledge to equip postgraduate researchers with the skills to manage their career. This includes understanding  what employers are looking for, how to put yourself in the best position in a competitive job market, commercialization of research outputs, and steps to setting up your own company.

Additional Training Opportunities

Additionally to the opportunities available above, you may also be interested in the following: