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Skills development and training

At Barts and The London all our students participate fully in a doctoral development training scheme, based on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. This means that our students are well prepared to become successful independent researchers and fully equipped with the necessary skills to enter the workplace.

Over the three years of their research training our students work with their supervisors to identify their individual training needs. They then undertake training programmes from a range of activities offered by individual institutes, the School of Medicine and Dentistry and by the Researcher Development team. Points are awarded for each activity and students are expected to accrue 210 points across the course of their PhD. These points should be spread across all four domains of researcher development, but there are a minimum number of points required in each domain. Students are also able to apply for points accreditation for a range of outside activities, including external training course and conference attendance. Each activity is awarded a specific number of points. The activities and points are then mapped against the four domains of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, in order to help students and supervisors plan the student's own personal development.

Students who complete 210 points across all four researcher development domains are awarded the Queen Mary Diploma of Researcher Development upon completion of their PhD. Find out more about the Skills Point System.

Doctoral College

The Doctoral College is here to support the life-cycle of PhD students at Queen Mary by working with both postgraduate research students and staff to support a thriving research community.
Follow the latest Doctoral College posts on the PhD blog.
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Advice and Counselling Service

The Advice and Counselling Service run workshops on managing stress and procrastination. The Advice and Couselling Service also offer advice via the Queen Mary International Advice blog.


Queen Mary's Doctoral College runs a PhD Induction for new research students each term. Information on PhD Student Induction as well as other events can be found on the Doctoral College Events pages

The Researcher Development Programme

Queen Mary’s Researcher Development team provide workshops throughout the year on professional development, personal effectiveness and research management. These training sessions have been designed to help you:

  • Manage your research
  • Plan the next stage of your career

Find out more about the courses and workshops run by the Researcher Development Programme.

Supervisor training workshops

There are also regular supervisor training workshops. Courses are available for new supervisors and experienced supervisors. It is a requirement that supervisors attend refresher training at least every 4 years to ensure familiarity with any required regulations. Further information is available on the Doctoral College Supervisor Training pages

For details of the next workshop please contact your Institute Director of Graduate Studies or postgraduate administrator.

Other training events are run by Queen Mary’s Researcher Development team.

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