Medicine & Health Sciences Graduate Centre

Medicine and Health Sciences Faculty Training Programme


All students who are registered for a higher degree by research are obliged to attend a programme of formal training to enhance their research and career development.

The Faculty Training Programme courses are listed below; by skill set area and by alphabetical listing.  The courses are delivered by academics and researchers from the Faculty or by researcher development professionals from the Graduate School and other professional services. It provides a broad and comprehensive range of research training courses, in line with the requirements set out by the UK Research Councils. 

Many of the courses are run once or twice during the academic year. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come basis. If your preferred date of workshop is full, you will be offered an alternative date. If you arrive on the day of a Graduate School course without a pre-booked place, you may be turned away if the course is already full. Please note the start time of courses, latecomers may be turned away.

Please make sure that you keep a record of your bookings. Updates / minor changes to the Programme will be available on the Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre website.

 Training courses run between November and June. Courses will be open for booking from w/c 16 October 2017. 

When you have successfully registered for a course, you will receive a joining instruction email to your University account. Please read this carefully, all course specific information including pre-requisites, resources required, course timings and venues will be provided in this email.


Find and book your courses

To book your place on these courses, please click on the hyperlinked course title below.  The link will direct you to the course page on Central Short Courses,  scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "book".  


Courses listed by skills area


Communication and networking skills

Applying for jobs outside academia - PhD students 
Creating a poster in PowerPoint 
Faculty Postgraduate Research Forum  
Further presentation skills for researchers 
Interviews - and how to survive them
Introduction to the skills of assertiveness and negotiation (online)  
Preparing for your confirmation review: report writing and the viva
Writing scientific abstracts
Presentation skills for researchers
Professional networking for researchers in M&HS Faculty

Teaching and Learning  You may allocate up to 2 training points from these courses to your Faculty Training Programme. (for mid stage)

Using posters to communicate research

What do I want to get out of a conference - and how do I do it?


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Conducting your PhD/DM/Mphil

Nature of the doctorate and the supervision process (for early stage)
Getting into the habit of writing (for early stage)
Preparing for your Confirmation Review (for early stage)
Editing academic writing - new for 2017/18
Drafting a chapter of your thesis - new for 2017/18
Structuring your thesis - new 2017/18
Problems with academic writing - new 2017/18
Creating a strong argument for your thesis (for mid/late stage)- new 2017/18
Preparing for the viva  (for late stage)


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Data analysis

 Mathematics in the lab

Statistical Analysis suite of courses. You may allocate up to 4 training points from these courses to your Faculty Postgraduate Training Programme.

Introduction to SPSS (online)
Introduction to STATA (online) 
Basic Statistics with SPSS
Epidemiological Study Design
Regression analyses in STATA
Survival analysis


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Information technology and library skills

Researcher information skills for new researchers in .... (versions for Medicine and Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering) 

Information Technology skills: These courses are optional however you may allocate up to 4 training points from these courses to your Training Programme requirement.

Microsoft Access: Introduction

Simple Queries and Reports using Access

Microsoft Excel: Introduction

Simple Calculations in Excel

More Functions in Excel

Using Excel as a Database

Microsoft PowerPoint: Introduction

Microsoft PowerPoint: Advanced

Microsoft Word: Introduction

Collaborating in Microsoft Word

Creating and Managing Long Documents in Microsoft Word

Working with Photographs using GIMP

Working with Microsoft Office 365 Online

LaTeX for researchers: an introduction

Further LaTeX for researchers: developing your skills in LaTeX

Referencing for researchers (online)
Introduction to Endnote for Researchers


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Research governance

Patient, Carers and Public Involvement in Research
Embedding the 3Rs in Research (new for 2017/18)
Equality and Diversity at work (online)
Ethics of human tissue and animal studies in research
Exploring ethics in research
Good Clinical Practice training
Research Integrity (online)


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Research skills and techniques

Biomedical Imaging in research
Critical Appraisal of the scientific literature 1 (non-clinical)
Critical Appraisal of the scientific literature 2 (clinical)  
Critical Appraisal of the literature coursework
Introduction to Flow Cytometry (theory)
Introduction to online research methods
Introduction to quantitative research
Good laboratory practice: fundamentals
Good laboratory practice: techniques
Planning your research
Post-genomics and Bioinformatics
Qualitative Observational Studies
Systematic Review and Systematic review: literature searching 


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Medicine & Health Sciences Graduate Centre

The University of Nottingham
C11, Medical School
Queens Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

Tel: +44 (0)115 823 0068