Career Development, Teaching and Professional Skills

Studying for a D.Phil./Ph.D. requires an aptitude for original, independent and critical thinking, as well as the ability to write reports, present data and manage projects. Interdisciplinary research requires a particularly high degree of flexibility in communication skills as the presentation of research can differ greatly across disciplines.

The DTP’s Career Development and Professional Skills programme, which runs throughout the 4 years of the DTP, is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to carry out their research and to develop the personal transferable skills needed to succeed in a wide variety of careers. A selection of the research skills courses provided by the DTP are listed below.

All students receive training in communication and teaching skills and have the opportunity to participate in outreach and teaching activities and to present their work at the annual Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Networking Event and the annual DTC conference. Students are encouraged and supported to attend and present their work at scientific conferences and workshops.

In the later years of the programme students are encouraged to further develop their skills in particular areas of interest, for example in public engagement and science communication, enterprise and business skills, or teaching.

Students can access additional training in professional skills through courses organised by the MPLS and Medical Sciences Divisions. To learn more please visit the MPLS Graduate School and Medical Science Skills Training websites.

To learn more about training in entrepreneurial skills please visit MPLS Enterprising Oxford.

Research skills
Scientific writing
Presentation and communication skills
Scientific methodology
Project management
Teaching experience and training
Bioethics
Research ethics
Technology transfer and knowledge exchange
Intellectual property
Entrepreneurship
Public engagement training and experience
The role of science in informing science policy
Career development and interview techniques
Planning and writing your thesis
Preparing for your viva
Writing and publishing a research paper