Our training and development opportunities are available to each of our postgraduate researchers, regardless of location or mode of study. Please explore our programme of online courses and resources for self-directed learning, so you could keep learning at your own pace, anywhere and anytime.

Induction and Orientation

Getting Started with your PhD: Using the first 3 months of your PhD to set yourself up for success.  Access the course content in My PGR.

Keeping Going with your PhD: What to do in the the middle years to make sure that you keep going and avoid the perils of the procrastination trap. Access the course content in My PGR.

Finishing Up with your PhD: Getting to the finish line, and preparing for life after your PhD. Access the course content in My PGR.

Academic Writing

Find each of these courses in the Academic Writing folder on My PGR.

The Writer's Toolkit: Twelve tools for making your writing easier.

Constructing and Punctuating Sentences: focusing on editing your work to improve sentence structure, grammar and punctuation

Spelling, Paragraph Structure, Constructing an Argument: To engage the reader, writing should be logical, coherent and clearly argued. This course will stress the importance of writing with a reader in mind.

Writing a Summary and Paraphrasing: Discover the differences between writing a summary and writing a paraphrase

Digital and IT Skills

Find these courses in the Digital and IT skills folder on My PGR.

Data Visualisation and Information Design: Explore the vast field of data visualisation and learn how data can be turned into compelling visual stories, including flat graphic design (infographics).

NVivo: NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) computer software package. Explore a series of resources to help you understand how to use Nvivo in relation to your own data. 

Introduction to R: A practical introduction to R course.

Poster Design: At some point in your postgraduate career you will be expected to produce a poster presentation, whether for an International academic conference, a public engagement event or for an internal poster session. These resources will introduce you to the fundamentals of communicating research via visual means. These resources complement the practical course Creating Posters in PowerPoint.

Percipio-elearning:  Staff and students at the University of Aberdeen can register for FREE access to the Percipio e-learning system. Our current subscription includes online training materials (video tutorials, e-books and audio books) covering Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and more!

Toolkit: The Toolkit was created to help students and staff at the University of Aberdeen learn new digital skills, understand how to use University software, discover useful apps and explore University services. Your digital companion includes walkthroughs, tutorials, course overviews, introductions, software and much more! 

Wellbeing

Find each of these courses in the Wellbeing folder on My PGR.

Introduction to Resilience: Helping you become even more resilient so that you can keep making progress. 

Managing your Imposter: How to recognise and manage the imposter syndrome in yourself and others. 

The Productivity Toolkit: 13 tools to help you think, feel and be more productive.

Research Leadership and Management

Find each of these courses in the Research Leadership and Project Management folder on MyAberdeen.

Practical Project Management for Research: The least you need to know and do to manage your PhD as a project.

Managing Research Projects: Hear from academic staff about their experience and their tips for managing research projects. Watch the video

The Productivity Toolkit: 13 tools to help you think, feel and be more productive.

Writing Research Proposals: Hear from academic staff about their experience and their tips for writing research proposals. Watch the video

An introduction to Academic Publishing (STEM subjects):  Publishing is a key part of the research process and it is the main way that researchers disseminate their work in academia. Understanding scholarly publishing, how it works and what is expected of authors can help you to navigate the publishing process effectively.

Navigating Peer Review: A guide to the peer review process, for both authors and reviewers.

Data Visualisation and Information Design: Explore the vast field of data visualisation and learn how data can be turned into compelling visual stories, including flat graphic design (infographics).

Poster Design: At some point in your postgraduate career you will be expected to produce a poster presentation, whether for an International academic conference, a public engagement event or for an internal poster session. These resources will introduce you to the fundamentals of communicating research via visual means. These resources complement the practical course Creating Posters in PowerPoint.

Successful Research Collaborations: Exploring collaboration and collaborative relationships to show you how to set yourself up for success. 

Working in Interdisciplinary Teams: Hear from academic staff about their experience and their tips for working in interdisciplinary teams. Watch the video

Working with External Stakeholders: Hear from academic staff about their experience and their tips for working with external stakeholders. Watch the video

Strategies for Managing your Part-Time PhD: Helping you to manage the challenges facing you when working on your research alongside the other key priorities in your working and home life. 

Your Digital Footprint: A guide to building your online presence. 

A Guide to Networking: Techniques that you can apply to develop your networking skills throughout your career. 

Handling Courageous Conversations: Tools to equip you for those difficult conversations that can be needed to keep making progress.

Communication and Dissemination

Find each of these course in the Communication and Dissemination folder on My PGR

The Communications Toolkit: Developing the skills to communicate your research, your ideas and yourself with greater ease and impact. 

Poster Design: At some point in your postgraduate career you will be expected to produce a poster presentation, whether for an International academic conference, a public engagement event or for an internal poster session. These resources will introduce you to the fundamentals of communicating research via visual means. These resources complement the practical course Creating Posters in PowerPoint.

A Guide to Public Engagement with Research: Through this guide we’ll explore how to formalise your plans for public engagement a little more so you can reach new and diverse groups and work towards bigger goals.

Evaluating Public Engagement with Research: Whether it is face-to-face or over social media, public engagement helps to encourage people to think actively about research and understand its relevance to them in their daily lives. This series of guides can support you in developing and evaluating your Public Engagement with Research skills. 

Your Digital Footprint: A guide to building your online presence.

A Guide to Networking: Techniques that you can apply to develop your networking skills throughout your career. 

Handling Courageous Conversations: Tools to equip you for those difficult conversations that can be needed to keep making progress. 

Impact and Engagement

Understanding Research Impact:  Hear from academic staff about their experience and their tips for understanding research impact. Watch the video

A Guide to Public Engagement with Research: Through this guide we’ll explore how to formalise your plans for public engagement a little more soyou can reach new and diverse groups and work towards bigger goals.

Evaluating Public Engagement with Research: Whether it is face-to-face or over social media, public engagement helps to encourage people to think actively about research and understand its relevance to them in their daily lives. This series of guides can support you in developing and evaluating your Public Engagement with Research skills. 

Working with External Stakeholders: Hear from academic staff about their experience and their tips for working with external stakeholders. Watch the video

Your Digital Footprint: A guide to building your online presence. 

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