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Skills Training

Graduate Training Framework

The Department and University offer a range of training provision which covers research, academic and transferable career skills. Students are expected to take responsibility for shaping their own training, supported by their supervisor.

Broadening Training

All students are expected to undertake 100 hours of ‘broadening training’ outside their specialist area. This training should broaden your knowledge and understanding of statistics and probability as a whole, rather than be directly related to your research topic.

Academic skills are lecture courses/subjects that form an extension to, and fill gaps in, undergraduate knowledge.

Research skills are those needed to actually carry out research, for example safety, equipment use, programming.

  • All first year students are expected to attend the session on Finding research Information. This is an introduction to the Radcliffe Science Library and research databases, e-journals, e-books, and dissertations available at Oxford. A session is planned as part of the student induction.
  • Postgraduate library training sessions.
  • Oxford University IT Services – IT Learning Centre
  • Departmental IT information: how to get help with IT
Transferable Skills

All research students are required to acquire “transferable” skills as part of their training, and must spend at least 10 days per year in such activities. An account of students’ skills training must be presented at transfer and confirmation of status.

  • Many important skills can be developed through teaching. Each DPhil student is generally expected to participate in teaching. Undergraduate teaching training is run by the Mathematical Institute with input from the Department of Statistics.
  • The MPLS Division offers a wide range of transferable skills courses. These include:
Foundation Phase:

0-12 months

Intensive Research Phase: 12-30 months Completion Phase


Anytime during the DPhil
Foundations for a Successful DPhil Poster Design & Presentation Completing your DPhil Academic English
Introduction to Research Data Management GRAD Challenge Viva preparation & practice Avoiding plagiarism (online)
How to plan your DPhil Making a Difference: Applying your Research Thesis & report writing
Research Integrity (online) Scientific Writing: Getting your paper published Navigator for men/
Springboard for women (not 1st years)
Presentation Skills for beginners Teaching and Learning: Lab Demonstrators (PLTO Scientific Writing: core skills
Managing your supervisory relationship
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