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Course Listings

At the heart of the HSDTC is our training programme, which includes online, blended learning, and interactive face-to-face and wet lab-based courses, across four broad areas:

1. Research Methods & Skills (divided into Clinical Research & Ethics; Bioinformatics & Statistics; and Microscopy, Cell Biology & Imaging)
2. Communication & Research Impact
3. Careers & Employability
4. Doctoral Essentials

Currently bookable HSDTC courses can now be viewed in our new Researcher Development Training Calendar.

All HSDTC courses will be delivered online until further notice. In the meantime, find out about additional online resources provided through King's College London or offered for free by other organisations.

Please check our training FAQs or email us if you have any queries.

Clinical Research & Ethics

Principles of Clinical Research (HSDTC2)
Build a comprehensive understanding of the principles of clinical research best practice, from design to delivery to closure. For researchers who develop and deliver clinical research projects with human subjects.

Clinical Research Protocol Development (HSDTC3)
Build a comprehensive understanding of research protocols and how to develop one in accordance with best practice. For researchers who develop and deliver clinical research involving human participants within the UK, including CTIMPs.

Managing Early Phase Clinical Trials: Principles and Practice (HSDTC121)
This is an interactive course for doctoral researchers who want to learn about the principles and practice of managing early phase clinical trials.

Informed Consent for Research (HSDTC4)
Explore the concept and principles of informed consent for research, from historical development to an understanding of legislative and ethical considerations for research practitioners.

Running a Sustainable Lab (HSDTC108)
This course for doctoral researchers in the health sciences introduces laboratory sustainability and provides context for its growing importance.

Bioinformatics & Statistics

DataCamp Subscription (HSDTC20)
DataCamp is one of the leading online resources for learning to programme in the main languages used in data analysis, such as R, Python and SQL. The HSDTC provides free 12-month subscriptions to doctoral research students in the Health Faculties.

"The smartest way to Learn Data Science Online"

Introduction to Python for Biologists (HSDTC102)
This introductory level course is for doctoral researchers in the Health health sciences with a biological background but with no previous programming experience, with an emphasis on practical problem-solving.

Advanced Python for Biologists (HSDTC103)
A more advanced course for Health health sciences doctoral researchers with a basic knowledge of Python who want to write more complex programs, deal with larger datasets, or contribute to existing software projects.

"This course was excellent - well organised and with useful topics - and the examples were well broken down and well explained."

Data Science for Biologists using Python (HSDTC104) coming soon
This course, for biological sciences doctoral researchers who know Python and need to explore big datasets and quickly visualise patterns and relationships, focuses on using Python's scientific software libraries.

"Martin explains the concepts very thoroughly and anticipates where problems may arise. It was relaxed and engaging, with well-spaced theory and practice sessions."

Introduction to the Unix Shell with Software Carpentries (HSDTC119)
This hands-on series of workshops will allow you to develop familiarity with the command line and the Unix file system by covering basic concepts of the Unix shell.

Introduction to Git with Software Carpentries (HSDTC120)
This hands-on course is for researchers who want to gain familiarity with Git, a version control system that lets you track changes in any set of files, recoding who made changes to what and when. No version control experience is necessary but some familiarity with the Unix shell will be helpful.

Health Sciences Data Hackathon (HSDTC109)
A fun event for *all* at King's, including UGs, PGTs, PGRs, Postdocs and PIs, with an interest in computational and quantitative methods in biology.

Introduction to Statistics for Researchers (PGR312)
This course is for doctoral research students and research staff who wish to learn more about statistical methods and apply statistical techniques in practice.

Qualitative Data Analysis (HSDTC110)
This qualitative data analysis course is for researchers who are engaging in qualitative research, and includes code generation, theme production, data management and retrieval, and data analysis and interpretation.

RNA-Seq Analysis with Babraham Bioinformatics (HSDTC116)
This course is for doctoral researchers in the health sciences and provides an introduction to the QC, processing and analysis of RNA-Seq data.

ChIP-Seq Analysis with Babraham Bioinformatics (HSDTC117)
This course is for doctoral researchers in the health sciences and provides a complete introduction to the theory and practice of the analysis of ChIP-Seq data.

Gene List Interpretation with Babraham Bioinformatics (HSDTC118)
This course is for doctoral researchers in the health sciences and looks at the various software packages, databases and statistical methods which may be of use in performing gene list analysis.

Microscopy, Cell Biology & Imaging

Cell Culture for Beginners: Theory & Practice (HSDTC16)
Learn about cell culture background, theory and technique over two sessions. Suitable for those who are new to handling cells, as well as anyone wishing to top-up their knowledge.

Cell Culture for Beginners: Theory Only (HSDTC17)
Learn about cell culture background and theory in a single session. Suitable for those who are new to handling cells, as well as anyone wishing to top-up their knowledge.

Fundamentals of Light and Electron Microscopy (HSDTC27)
For doctoral research students and research staff who need to learn about the fundamentals of light and electron microscopy, held over five sessions.

Introduction to Light Microscopy and Use of FIJI / ImageJ (HSDTC128)
This course is for all who need a guide through the basics of light microscopy and a commonly used open-source analysis package, FIJI.

Communication & Research Impact

Writing a Literature Review in the Sciences (PGR259)
This session explores the relationship between your research and the literature, covers the key principles of organising and critiquing published work, and will help you structure your writing about others' work.

Turbocharge Your Writing (PGR270)
Learn the secret to high output, low stress scholarly writing, using clear and practical strategies that can greatly increase your writing productivity.

Publishing a Scientific Research Paper (PGR304)
Gain insights from a former journal editor who knows scientific journals from many angles, and learn how to choose a journal and then write and structure your paper and get it through peer review.

How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal (HSDTC82)
This course is for PhD students and early career researchers in the health sciences who are seeking guidance and experience in preparing papers for publication in English in respected journals.

Communicate with Impact (HSDTC125)
This course is for researchers in the health sciences who want to learn how to speak clearly and vividly about your research and why it matters, in ways that can engage varied audiences.

Presenting your Research with Confidence in the Health Sciences (HSDTC89)
This workshop will provide a clear step-by-step structure that you can use again and again to give high quality presentations. For doctoral researchers in the health sciences.

Three Minute Thesis (PGR600)
Could you explain your doctoral thesis to an audience in just three minutes? The King’s College London Three Minute Thesis competition is open to all doctoral researchers at King’s.

Podcast Training (HSDTC9) returning soon
This session will give you the skills to produce, record and edit a podcast showcasing your research, and will also give you the chance to join the HSDTC ‘Postdocalypse’ Podcast team!

Media Awareness (HSDTC11)
A comprehensive and engaging introduction to all aspects of the media, including ‘how journalists source stories’ and ‘using social media to become media aware’.

Social Media Skills for Health Sciences Doctoral Researchers (HSDTC105)
Learn about the power and effectiveness of social media as a researcher and develop your own tailored approach and manageable long-term social media strategy.

What Journalists Look For in a Press Release (HSDTC106)
Get a journalist’s take on how to compose a press release with genuine impact. From headlines and embargoes to notes to editors, you’ll learn about every aspect of the press release and distribution.

Science Communication: Writing for a Lay Audience (HSDTC54)
Learn how to summarise your research and write really good articles which are understandable to a general audience—invaluable if you’re applying for the HSDTC Science Communication Prize!

Adobe Photoshop for Scientists - Producing High-Quality Figures with Integrity (HSDTC95)
For doctoral researchers in the health sciences wishing to prepare and present figures containing image data in papers, grant applications, seminars, posters and theses.

"This has been one of the most useful workshops I have attended during my PhD."

Adobe Illustrator for Scientists (HSDTC96)
For doctoral researchers in the health sciences wishing to prepare and present diagrams, schematics, figures and data in papers, grant applications, seminars, posters and theses.

Graphic Design for Scientific Figures: Theory (HSDTC80)
A short theory session for doctoral researchers and research staff in the health sciences who want to learn how to create better figures for use in their work.

Graphic Design for Scientific Figures: Practice (HSDTC81)
A short practical course for doctoral researchers and research staff in the health sciences who want to learn how to create better illustrated figures for use in their work.

Effective Online Presentations and Conversations (HSDTC113)
This interactive workshop explores how you can exceed the expectations of your audience and be an effective online speaker.

Careers & Employability

What’s Next? Career Options after your Health Sciences PhD (HSDTC1)
This drop-in session is for PhD students in the Health Faculties at King’s. No need to book, just turn up for an informal discussion.

Health Professional Researchers: Managing Dual Careers Webinars (HSDTC112)
This series of three webinars is aimed at research-active Health Professionals at King’s College London, and will explore the challenges faced by being both a Health Professional and a researcher.

Health Professional Researchers: Focus on Funding (HSDTC115)
This series of four workshops is aimed at research-active Health Professionals at King’s College London who are considering or currently developing research proposals for fellowship funding and would like insight, advice and guidance.

Advancing in Academia: Health Sciences (PGR289)
This course, for PGRs and postdocs, will help you consider whether an academic career is for you, how to think about and plan your career, and how to manage job applications.

Advancing in Academia in the Health Sciences has been fantastic – equally enjoyable and informative; I feel very lucky to have been able to take part.
–  Dr Graham Blackman 

From Bench to Market (HSDTC101)
This introductory course is for researchers in the health sciences who are interested in exploring business start-up, spin out and commercialisation. 

Communicate with Industry (HSDTC123)
This course is for researchers in the health sciences looking for a practical communication framework and toolkit that will make them immediately more effective in industry-centric communications.

Discover Careers
Comprising short talks followed by a Q&A, these sessions focus on a particular sector such as mental health research or software engineering. Search ‘Discover’ in the events listings on King’s CareerConnect.

Careers Support for Researchers
Further online resources from the King’s Careers & Employability team have been specially curated for doctoral research students.

Doctoral Essentials

Mendeley Training Session (HSDTC126)
Get started with Mendeley and find out what you need to download, learn how to organise your references and research, and learn about features of the Mendeley reference manager, such as the annotation and highlights functions and how to create groups and share ideas.

Scopus Training Session (HSDTC127)
Find out what Scopus is and how content is indexed, and learn tips and tricks for literature searching, how to refine your results, analysing your search results, and more.

Advancing Through Collaboration: Teamwork in an Online World (HSDTC99)
This course is for researchers in the health sciences who want to learn how to make collaborative and multi-disciplinary working more productive and personally rewarding.

Starting Your PhD in the Sciences (PGR100)
Get an overview of the PhD: what it is, what to expect and how to manage a research project effectively; aimed at first year students in biomedical and health sciences, medicine, dentistry, etc.

Preparing for the Upgrade in the Sciences (PGR174)
For PhD students in the sciences going into their upgrade, this session will provide guidance on how to construct your upgrade report and help to prepare you for your interview/presentation. 

Writing Up the Thesis in the Sciences (PGR103)
For PhD students in the sciences who are entering their writing-up phase, this session will address the structure and content of a thesis and will explore writing strategies and how to cope with ‘writer's block’. 

The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students (PGR237)
Find out what doctoral researchers do to finish on time, overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s block, and enjoy the process, while spending time with family and friends and perhaps even having holidays!


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