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Doctoral College Training

The Doctoral College run several events throughout the year that give you an introduction to the research community at Queen Mary as well as chance to develop new skills and meet and collaborate with other researchers. 

Queen Mary PGR Student Induction

Queen Mary's PGR Student Induction is open to all beginning PGR students. Induction runs three times a year, once at the beginning of each semester. It is a chance for the Doctoral College to welcome you formally. You will be able to meet the Doctoral College Director as well as the faculties Deputy Deans for research and find out more about the life of a PGR student at Queen Mary and the training and support you can expect to receive.

Induction week for 2023-24

The 2023-24 Semester 3 PGR induction will take place as a single online sessions on Thursday, 13th June 2024. This session will be held via Zoom.

To register, please go to CPD Training ( and search for course codes DC-PGR-111 or just ‘PGR Induction’ and all sessions should come up. 

Registered attendees will then be sent the session link on the day before the session. 

The recordings and session slides are available on the Doctoral Researcher page on QMPlus.  
(Queen Mary PGR students can access with their IT credentials and self-enroll.)

Cohort Training Days

Cohort training days provide specific researcher development training tailored to a specific year of PGR research. Not only will these help you to make the most out of your time as PGR student but you will have the chance to meet, chat and work with fellow PGR students from different disciplines across Queen Mary. 

First Year Cohort Day: DC-PGR-101 Year 1 PGR Day - First Year Foundations

This one-day event is designed specifically for first year PGRs. This event will help you gain an understanding of the doctoral process, the skills you need to succeed in your doctorate – and beyond! – and how to navigate this process in a way that works for you. 

2023/24 date: 5th March 2024

Second Year Cohort Day: DC-PGR-200 Year 2 Mid-stages Motivation

This one-day event will help you, as a second year PGR, gain an understanding how to navigate the middle stages of the doctorate successfully.

2023/24 date: 18th April 2024

Third Year Cohort Day: DC-PGR-300 Year 3 Completing Successfully

The third Doctoral Cohort Day focuses on helping PGRs develop plans and strategies to complete their doctorates successfully.

If you are a PGR student in your third year, the Doctoral College invites you to join us for our Year 3 Cohort Day: Completing Successfully on 15 May 2024 on the Mile End Campus.
This one-day event is designed specifically for third year PGRs and will help you understand how to approach your viva and to think about your next steps. You will also have the opportunity to meet with other third-year PGRs, learn the breadth of research that is taking place across the university, and develop new working relationships.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Book your space on the CPD Training System. We look forward to seeing you there!

2023/24 date: 15th May 2024


The Doctoral College opens its doors for an hour-long drop in session for Queen Mary's PGR students for useful tips and chatter. This is an opportunity for PGR students to contact the Doctoral College with any queries in an informal setting and also to catch-up with fellow PGR students across Queen Mary.

Next Dates

2nd May 2024
11.30am to 12.30pm
PGR Common Room (GC7.01) Graduate Centre, Mile End campus

29th May 2024
2.30pm to 3.30pm
PGR Common Room (GC7.01) Graduate Centre, Mile End campus

Join us as we welcome The Brilliant Club, who will tell us and you all about their PGR tutor programme.

Booking Link PGTips

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

The Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition was founded by and originally run at the University of Queensland, Australia. It since has grown to involve local and national competitions all over the world.  In the UK the competition is run by Vitae and sponsored by The Taylor & Francis Group. The rules are simple: PGRs get up to 3 minutes to present their thesis research, using no jargon, no props, and only a single, static slide.

Queen Mary's internal online competition, featuring nine amazing PGR presenters, runs from 15-19 April 2024. Our panel of judges will select three lucky winners - one from each faculty - to compete in our live final on 30 April. The winner of the live final will be submitted to the national 3MT competition, run by Vitae.

Our online competition also has a People's Choice award! Watch our candidates' videos and vote for your favourite by 12:00 on Friday 19 April. Voting opens on 15 April 2024. Voting is limited to one response per person.



Graduate Festival

GradFest is a series of training and development events organised by PGR students for PGR students.

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