Researcher Development

Developing your researcher skills

To help you get the most out of your doctorate and prepare for the future, we offer you, as a doctoral student here at Bath, access to a free, comprehensive range of year-round skills development opportunities. Many of these skills are transferable and will enhance your employability both within and outside academia.

Workshops, webinars and online learning modules

All doctoral students at Bath have free access to a programme of skills training workshops and online learning modules (called PGSkills) tailored to doctoral students, covering:

  • managing yourself and your doctorate
  • information seeking and literacy skills
  • research management and ethics
  • data handling and analysis
  • writing your thesis
  • engaging others in your research
  • managing your career development

The PGSkills programme is:

Search for a workshop or online module:

Contact for more information

You can also improve your career prospects and further your personal development by signing up for free skills training sessions offered through the Students’ Union, delivered by student trainers, university staff and industry professionals.

Specialist support in information skills and literacy

Develop your information seeking and literacy skills through comprehensive guidance and support on topics such as:

  • literature searching
  • referencing and reference management
  • publishing
  • research data management

Develop your academic writing

Motivate and energise your doctoral writing by:

Register for a semester-long course on 'Academic Writing for Postgraduate Research'

  • first session w/b 10 October 2016 (Science: Thursdays at 18.15; Humanities and Management: Thursdays at 14.15)

Maths and statistics support

  • one-to-one appointments for statistical queries
  • online and physical resources, such as practice exercises, textbooks and videos
  • software training and support, including SPSS, R, MatLab and LaTeX
  • daily drop-in sessions for help with mathematics and statistics, including numeracy support

Contact MASH for more information.

Public engagement

  • join and engage others in research through a range of practical public engagement activities or develop engaged research skills through workshops delivered by our Public Engagement Unit.