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Training and Development

IMG2054425x256v2To help make sure our postgraduate research students get the most out of their time at King's, we offer a wide range of support, training and development opportunities to help them fulfil their potential and develop their careers.

These opportunities are mainly focused around generic and transferable skills (to meet the requirements of the Research Councils of the United Kingdom (RCUK) that post graduate research students undergo 10 days of transferable skills training per year for full-time students and 5 days for part-time students) but students are also encouraged to find out about additional subject-specific training that may be available in their faculties.

These include:

Classroom-based courses 

We offer a wide range of classroom-based courses which cover all the essential skills and support needed to develop a strong career in academic research. These courses range from advice on career development to practical skills for writing, editing and analysis. 

  1. Careers & Employability
  2. Communication & Impact
  3. Doctoral Essentials
  4. IT Essentials
  5. Personal Effectiveness
  6. Resilience & Wellbeing
  7. Statistics & Data Management
  8. Bio-statistics
  9. Writing & Publishing


We run some of our workshops as webinars (web-based seminars).

Online materials

We also provide online material via the King's e-learning platform KEATS

Statistics Advisory Service

The Statistics Advisory Service is intended to provide initial project advice and technical support with carrying out the statistical aspects of a research project.

Library Services

The library homepage provides all the information. Library Services also provide training and play an important role in the College’s Graduate Skills Development Programme. For further information, see Library Guides.

The Library Services’ training portfolio includes:

  1. Information skills training, including searching for, appraising and citing online and print resources
  2. Bibliographic software training, comprising subject specific courses in EndNote
  3. Dissertation support workshops
  4. Dedicated NHS training provision
  5. Information management courses on managing records and data, for staff and researchers

Events and seminars

IoPPN hosts important events that include speakers such as cabinet ministers, famous authors and star performers. For future events information please visit the What’s on page of the website. We also host Weekly seminars and journal clubs.

The Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN)

The Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN) allows King’s PhD students to access training at several other universities around London.

The purpose of the BPSN shared skills training programme is to allow research students in the participating institutions to enhance their research and transferable skills, through attending training courses and workshops at other institutions. Only research students from the BPSN member Institutions are eligible to attend BPSN courses.

Participating institutions are: University College London, Birkbeck, King's College London, London School of Economics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, School of Advanced Study, School of Oriental and African Studies, Royal Veterinary College. 

The training courses on offer from the participating institutions changes as the year proceeds; please review the programme on offer at regular intervals.

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