Structured training and guidance are critical components of the postgraduate experience, with specific and generic training being provided. Policies, procedures and details of training provision are given to students in the form of a Postgraduate Handbook and as part of their induction programme.
The Medicine and Health Sciences (MHS) Faculty Postgraduate Training Programme consists of courses covering the research environment and management, statistics, presentation skills, etc. More clinically relevant courses include sessions on clinical trials and ethics. Students can select the courses most appropriate for their study and career. This training is complemented by a range of courses from the Graduate School and other providers, covering areas such as molecular biology, post-genomics and bioinformatics.
Postgraduate students in the school are also required to undergo relevant training in issues such as handling radioisotopes and laboratory safety. Specific, project-related practical and technical training for students is the responsibility of the student’s supervisors, who are also responsible for providing guidance in the design and execution of the research student’s experimental work.
Monitoring and support
Each postgraduate research student is normally supervised by at least two academic staff. Students meet with their supervisors on a regular basis, with the requirement of at least 10 meetings formally recorded per year. Continued progress is assessed through the submission of a report with oral examination after 9-12 months, and a second report in the form of a scientific publication after 24 months.
The school (represented by the Postgraduate Tutor and Head of School) has formal meetings with research students and their supervisors to ensure all aspects of training and supervision are appropriate.
The School Early Researchers’ Committee, with postgraduate student representation, meets regularly to discuss training/ career development for both postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.
Medicine and health sciences graduate centre
The Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre is a hub for postgraduate and research only staff networking and aims to promote a sense of community and enhance the research environment.
- study and social space
- networked computers
- a bookable seminar room
- kitchen facilities
- a programme of social events
The University provides a range of support and information to enhance your student experience.
You will have access to:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- financial support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
English language courses
Our Centre for English Language Education offers presessional English courses to help develop your English and study skills.
The centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, so you can be sure that the teaching and facilities are high-quality. You can also access free English language support alongside your academic course.
University of Nottingham Students’ Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or speak to the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.
Researcher training and development
The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers.