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Doctoral Essentials

Doctoral training opportunities in this theme are available below.Training Themes 06

Workshops and webinars

King's postgraduate research students and postdoctoral research staff can access and book places on the CDS training courses through our online system Skills Forge. For guidance about course bookings, see Booking & Course Availability.

Getting the Best from your Supervisor (PGR324)

This course will help you to understand your supervisor’s perspective and expectations and will highlight areas for autonomy and supervision throughout a doctoral journey. Learn how to be assertive and persuasive in the way that you communicate with your supervisors to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

Postgraduate Funding: Considering the Alternatives for Research Students (PGR131)

Are you a current PhD or PGR student who needs extra funding for fees, living expenses, research, conference or 4th year PhD writing-up costs? If the answer is ‘yes’, then consider joining this workshop! It’s all about funding from unusual places you probably haven’t heard of! As well as explaining the more ‘usual’ postgraduate funding options available, it’s mainly about alternative grant-making bodies in Britain: principally charities, trusts, and foundations. Charities and trusts are seldom used by students, but often make grants regardless of subject, course, or nationality. They are an excellent – but underrated – funding option.

Preparing for the Upgrade

– in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (PGR144)

– in the Sciences (PGR174)

These courses are intended for research students in the run-up to the upgrade from MPhil to PhD. The course will provide guidance on how to construct the upgrade report, prepare for the interview/presentation and what the differences are between an MPhil and a PhD.

Preparing for the Oral Examination (PGR105)

This course is intended for research students in the final stages of writing up the thesis. It will help you prepare for the oral examination. This workshop identifies the regulations, expectations and outcomes of the viva and aims to address questions and anxieties.

Starting your PhD

– in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (PGR101)

– in the Sciences (PGR100)

These courses, aimed at first year doctoral students, provide an overview of the PhD: what it is, what to expect and how to manage a research project effectively.

Writing up the Thesis

– in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (PGR104)

– in the Sciences (PGR103)

This course is for research students who are entering the writing-up phase of their doctorate. In addition to addressing key questions about the structure and content of a thesis, it will also explore writing strategies and how to cope with ‘writer’s block’.


You can access all on-demand learning from On-demand PGR Training.


PGR Core Library

The Centre for Doctoral Studies has developed a core library of on-demand courses specifically designed for King’s PGR students. These courses typically take an hour to complete and cover topics across our 8 key themes of doctoral training. See the KEATS course.

Nature Masterclasses

Find out more about Nature Masterclasses and how to access them. See Nature Masterclasses.

This short, certified course provides researchers in the sciences with essential insight into interpreting their research results. You will learn strategies for identifying ways to use your data interpretation to help you address and answer your scientific questions. Through different case studies, the course also teaches you how to summarise and communicate your findings with a focus on your key message, contextualise your findings, and express caveats and future directions. Tips on avoiding common pitfalls and what to do if the results are unexpected will also help you interpret scientific results with more confidence.

Developed by experts in obtaining research funding, this short, certified course is suitable for researchers in the sciences who want to be more confident in navigating the funding landscape. Researchers in other disciplines can also benefit from the methods for identifying and selecting funding opportunities introduced in the course.

You will learn to search for and prioritise the best-fitting funding opportunities by analysing your requirements and considering your personal and professional circumstances. The course also provides practical advice on how to keep track of and shortlist funding opportunities based on your needs. By making use of the resources and portfolio activities, you can start putting together a plan for searching for funding as you follow the course.

RDFmapped and LinkedIn Learning

As a member of King's you have free access to LinkedIn Learning.  For more information on how to access LinkedIn Learning, see the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning.

Search LinkedIn Learning through the lens of Vitae's Reesarcher Development Framework using www.rdfmapped.com.  Developed by King's, this tool allows you to search a curated list of LinkedIn Learning courses and videos relevant to the domains of the RDF.  See: www.rdfmapped.com

Further opportunities

Funding opportunities

Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network

The Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN) is a network of nine leading higher education institutions in the Bloomsbury area, created with the purpose of sharing best practice in generic and transferable skills training for graduate research students. King's is an established member of this network, opening up additional opportunities for transferable skills training for all of our postgraduate research students.  See: BPSN

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