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Doctoralskills workshops and courses

Explore the range of skills development workshops and courses to support your skills development throughout your doctorate and beyond.

During your doctorate you will develop a range of skills, knowledge and experience. These will be invaluable to you in completing your doctorate on time and in your future chosen career.

To complement your development we offer a range of free courses, workshops and other resources through our DoctoralSkills Programme. Alongside our DoctoralSkills Programme, DoctoralSkills:Extra signposts external training opportunities available to you.

As well as formal training, you should also consider as professional development other activities you undertake as part of your doctorate. These can be matched against the Researcher Development Framework (or RDF) and can provide evidence of many transferable skills. You should record these on your training record in SAMIS.


The Doctoral College manages a researcher development programme called DoctoralSkills.

DoctoralSkills is a programme of free courses, workshops and other resources to support your development as a researcher. The programme is aligned to the Internationally-recognised Researcher Development Framework (RDF).

Booking a place on a DoctoralSkills workshop or course

To book a place on a workshop click on the booking link on the relevant course page in Moodle. You will then be prompted to login to your SAMIS account using your BUCS username and password. To complete your booking, follow the on-screen instructions and remember to click 'confirm' at the end. You will receive an automated confirmation email, followed by a pre-course reminder two to three days before the course. If you have registered for a course or workshop but not yet received a confirmation email or a pre-course reminder, please email us.

All of our workshops are offered on a first come - first served basis. If you try and book a place on a workshop which is full you will be automatically allocated a place on a waiting list. If a place subsequently becomes available all students on the waiting list will be notified, with the place filled on a first come first served basis.

Workshop bookings can be managed and cancelled through SAMIS - find out more.

Please be aware that students who repeatedly register for courses and then fail to attend may be reported to their Director of Studies.


DoctoralSkills:Extra is a collection of external courses and resources, from a range of external training providers, that we feel would be useful for doctoral students. The majority of these resources are currently offered for free.


If you have any questions, please contact us.