Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Research Skills and Personal Development for Scientists
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
External Examiners
  • Dr Jane Wellens (Head of Graduate School - University of Nottingham)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 4 x 2 Hour Practicals
Workshop 16 x 2 Hour Workshops
Workshop 6 x 2 Hour Workshops
Practical 3 x 3 Hour Practicals
Practical 2 x 4 Hour Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2,500 word abstract related essay  50%
Semester Assessment Presentation  50%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  - resubmission of failed component  50%
Supplementary Assessment 2,500 word abstract related essay  - resubmission of failed components  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

On completion of this module, students should be able to;

  • Demonstrate a range of bibliographic and computing skills
  • Demonstrate skills in a range of dissemination strategies, including writing, oral presentation, internet usage, media usage
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the key skills involved in teaching in a higher education context
  • Work as part of a team
  • Show an appreciation of the issues involved in managing a long-term research project

Brief description

This module will form an integral part of a suite of RT masters courses being developed across the University. Through this module Masters and PhD students will gain a broad knowledge of a range of transferable skills which they can apply in a variety of research contexts.


This module aims to give research students a broad knowledge of a range of transferable skills that they can apply in a variety of research interests. In particular, it will develop the ability of students to undertake independent research projects. To this end, students will be required to submit independent work, which is linked to their own particular research topic, and their ability to formulate independent research projects will be assessed. The module will also cover personal development. Students will be given skills in networking, teaching skills and presentation skills. The module also contains IT skills, both for general career development and in an applied research context.


This module is delivered as a series of independent workshops, covering the following topics:
* Research management - including time management, stress management, risk management, supervisor skills, reference management
* Communication Skills - including writing skills, conference skills, public engagement, talking to the media,
* Research Skills and Techniques - including using archives, literature reviews, LATEX, R Stats, Linux, blogs
* After your PhD - including networking, funding, Continuing Professional Development, Transferable skills, planning your career progression


This module is at CQFW Level 7