Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

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 Institutes, the School of Medicine and Dentistry and by the Learning Institute. Points are awarded for each activity and students need to accumulate a total of 210 training points over the period of their research degree. Students are also able to apply for points accreditation for a range of outside activities, including external training course and conference attendance.

Full details of the training requirements can be found here:

Advice and Counselling Service

Our Advice and Counselling service is running a series of personal development workshops:

Download the PDFs above for more information.

Advice and Counselling service.


An Induction programme for new research students is held in October and April every year. 


There are regular workshops for research students to support them through the key milestones in their training:

For details of the next workshop please contact Laura Simpson (

The Learning Institute 

The Learning Institute runs a full programme of doctoral development training, including sessions on:

  • Managing your relationship with your supervisor
  • Time management
  • Self-motivation
  • Presentation skills
  • Creative thinking

Click here for the full programme:

Supervisor training workshops

There are also regular supervisor training workshops. 

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

 Other training events are run by The Learning Institute.

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