Research training and transferrable skills are an essential part of your studies and the Physics Department provides a range of subject-specific training courses which can also be available for other students on request.

Training is available from the University Library, Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), and Information Systems Services (ISS). In addition each research group offers subject-specific courses and training. Your supervisor will be able to provide you with further information on what is available in your particular research group. The department also offers outreach training and possibilities to participate in departmental outreach activities to develop your presentation and communications skills.


The University’s library provides training courses on research skills ("Research Bites") and library skills on topics such as:

  • Information seeking.
  • Information management.
  • Research data and infrastructure.
  • Open access.
  • Intellectual Property, copyright and patents.
  • Research funding and resources.
  • Research metrics.
  • Starting a spin-out company from your research.
  • Using copyright material in your research.
  • Licensing your work with Creative Commons.

Please see the Library’s web pages for full details.

Faculty of Science and Technology (FST)

The Faculty of Science and Technology Graduate School Research Training programme is designed to enhance your research skills and capacity during your PhD studies and provide you with transferable skills.  It also aims to bring together PhD students within the Faculty to discuss their research and provide a sense of community. Details of their training programme can be found on the Faculty web pages.

Information Systems Services (ISS)

ISS offers additional training for PG students enhancing their transferable skills.


Each of the research groups offers subject-specific courses and provides opportunities to attend summer schools intended to develop their the advanced research skills.