The Graduate Training Programme in Zoology is comprised of the following compulsory and optional elements:
- Statistics for Graduate Biologists Course
- Ethics Seminar Series
- Graduate Student Talks (including Beer Talks)
- Graduate Symposium
- Graduate Poster Competition (see photos from the October 2013 event)
Doing a Phd isn't just about your research; it's also about gaining new skills and further developing old ones which will be useful down the line, whether you stay in research or move into another career.
A description of these 'transferable' skills is included in the Researcher Development Statement (which is the evolution of the UK Research Councils' Joint Skills Statement), and more information on why it's important to develop your skills can be found on the University's Skills Portal.
The Department and Graduate School of Life Sciences require students to engage in transferable skills training. By completing courses and other activities you accumulate credits (half a day's training counts for 1 credit), which are kept track of in your Student Log.
Section 3 of your Log Book lists a number of compulsory training elements in each year of your studies, as well as courses that we recommend at each stage of your PhD. Really though, you should attend anything you think sounds interesting or useful.
The Graduate School of Life Sciences puts on a wide range of transferable skills courses which cover career planning, communication skills, IT skills and other general topics, and other institutions within the University also put on courses, including the Careers Service and the Computing Service.
Depending on where you get your funding from you may also be able to go on external courses supported by your funding body. Notable external courses include Vitae's UK GRADSchools, a popular personal development and careers course.