Enhancing your skills

Being a postgraduate researcher is about more than producing a thesis.  You have the opportunity to identify and develop the skills you need for your research and future career - in whichever direction that may take you.

Development Needs Analysis (GRS1)

Completing a Development Needs Analysis form is a mandatory part of your research programme, and supports you in identifying your training and development needs in discussion with your supervisory team.

  • Development Needs Analysis - more information and to download the form.

Meeting your Development Needs

There is a wide range of resources, support, training, activities and events available to you across the University to help you meet your development needs across all four domains of Vitae's Researcher Development Framework.

Explore the domains below to find out more about these opportunities and how to access them.


Domain D includes team working, publication, and public engagement


Domain A includes academic writing, research methods, and information literacy

Domain C includes ethics, health and safety, and copyright


Domain B includes time management, career management, and networking



Developed and managed by the University Graduate School in collaboration with the College of Social Sciences, the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Methods & Skills (PGCARMS) provides enhanced advanced training in research and transferable skills. This programme is currently available to specific doctoral researchers.



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