Cohort Training Programmes for Research Students

Much of the subject-specific research skills training that you will need to complete your research work and analyse your results/findings will be undertaken within your Department or as an integral part of your research degree. However, alongside all this you will need to remain mindful of your broader skills development and, in particular, how you will develop:

  • more general research competencies - in areas such as research conduct, commercialisation of research, communicating research, etc.
  • transferable skills that enhance your employability and support your career plans - such as personal leadership, team working, project management, etc.
  • skills needed to complete your research degree - such as preparation for the probation review, managing the writing and submission of your thesis, and preparation for the viva voce examination

Our cohort training programmes will be at the heart of the skills development activities that campus based research students will complete in these areas.

Cohort Skills and Career Development Programmes

Our cohort training programmes are designed to support your development as an effective and professional researcher - giving you the skills you need to be successful in your degree and help you achieve your longer-term career goals.

The training requirements on these programmes are highly structured, particularly for new research students, and may include compulsory components. It is therefore important that early on in your research degree you discuss with your supervisors what components you are required to fulfil and how these relate to overall training plan.

There are three types of cohort programme:

Doctoral Training Partnership/Centre for Doctoral Training Programmes

Research Council sponsored research students based in one of the four Doctoral Training Partnerships/Centres for Doctoral Training in which the University is a partner will undertake a structured inter-disciplinary training programme designed to support their effectiveness as a researcher.

Usually these programmes will involve opportunities to make use of training events delivered by other partner institutions in the region and to develop practical experience through training or placements at external partners.

College Research Student Development Programmes

College programmes are similar to Doctoral Training Partnership/Centre for Doctoral Training programmes in that they focus on inter-disciplinary training relevant to your development as a researcher. However, they usually also include more opportunities to develop the understanding and skills you will need to complete your research degree - skills such as finding and using academic literature, presenting research to different audiences, and planning for your career beyond your degree.

These programmes are open to all PhD/MPhil students within the College, including those who are Research Council sponsored.

Professional Doctorate Training Programmes

On professional doctorate programmes such as the EdD and the DSocSci the focus is more likely to be on completion of assessed components or professional practice requirements. The assessed components excluding the thesis are designed to provide research students on these programmes with the same sort of research skills training that PhD/MPhil students receive, but in within a framework more suitable for those based away from Leicester or who are working within a professional setting.

Details regarding your cohort training programme will be circulated at the start of your degree/ the start of each academic year; if you are unsure about which cohort programme you should be following, please speak with your supervisors.

For general enquiries, please contact:

Research Council DTPs/CDTs

AHRC Midlands3Cities DTP - Kathy Baddiley (




College Programmes

Arts and Humanities - Kathy Baddiley (

Law -

Medicine, Biological Sciences, and Psychology -

Science and Engineering -

Social Science - Jenny McCaw (

* this programme is open to PHD/MPhil students undertaking social science research regardless of their home College

Professional Doctorates

Doctor of Education -

Doctor of Social Science -

Doctor of Clinical Psychology -

Graduate School Skills and Career Development Programmes

The cohort training programmes will cover the essentials skills that you will need over your research degree. However, to ensure your training plan supports your ongoing personal and professional development, you should also make use of other training opportunities provided for the Graduate School as a whole:

for help with ...... speak to the
transferable skills, career development planning, academic writing support, thesis submission and examination Leicester Learning Institute
finding and using academic literature, literature reviews, bibliographic software, managing references Library Research Services
using MS Office and other software, research computing services, managing files and folders IT Services Training
improving your spoken and written English language skills (if English is not your first language) English Language Teaching Unit
learning another modern language Languages @ Leicester

To help you put your skills into practice and provide opportunities to meet with other research students, there are a number of Graduate School events that take place throughout the year in which all research students are encouraged to get involved.

The emphasis is on providing a supportive environment in which research students can gain confidence presenting and discussing their research, but also these events are places to share experiences and make new friends:

For a complete list of up-coming events, see the Events Diary.

You should also make time to consult relevant e-resources and study guides.

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