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 week commencing 15 October 2018. 

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

Creating a poster in PowerPoint 
Faculty Postgraduate Research Forum  
Further presentation skills for researchers 
Introduction to the skills of assertiveness and negotiation (online)  

Maximising the benefits of conference attendance

Presentation skills for researchers
Preparing for your confirmation review: report writing and the viva
Recruitment Interviews & Selection Exercises: Developing Confidence & Strategies (tbc for 2018/19)

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

 Writing scientific abstracts


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Conducting your PhD/DM/Mphil

Creating a strong argument for your thesis (for mid/late stage)
Drafting a chapter of your thesis
Editing academic writing
Nature of the doctorate and the supervision process (for early stage) or Understanding your Research Degree (online)
Preparing for your Confirmation Review (for early stage)
Preparing for the viva  (for late stage)
Problems with academic writing
Structuring your thesis


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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.

Epidemiological Study Design
Introduction to SPSS (online)
Introduction to STATA (online) 
Introduction to statistics with SPSS
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

A question of ethics: the use of humans and animal in biomedical research
Embedding the 3Rs in Research
Equality and Diversity at work (online)
Exploring ethics in research
Good Clinical Practice training
Patient, Carers and Public Involvement in Research
Research Integrity (online) and/or Introduction to Research Integrity
Research Data Management (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 qualitative research
Introduction to quantitative research
Good laboratory practice: fundamentals
Good laboratory practice: techniques
Planning your research
Post-genomics and Bioinformatics
Qualitative Observational Studies
Systematic Review (quantitative), Qualitative Systematic Reviews 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