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Training for PhD Students

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

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

Assessing your training needs

We strongly recommend that at the start of your PhD you discuss with your supervisor the kind of training that would be of benefit to you during your first year, using the information in these webpages as a guide.

You will also have regular progress meetings with a thesis committee and these meetings are a good time to reflect on and reassess your training needs as appropriate.

How to book

You'll find details of all of the workshops and courses that we offer on the Workshops & Courses page. For upcoming dates and venues, click on the relevant workshop or course title to open its SkillsForge booking page.

Most workshops can then be booked directly through SkillsForge, but in some instances we will ask you to submit a short application form instead; where this is the case, this will be explained clearly and full instructions on how to apply will be given.

Please note that bookings will open at various times throughout the academic year:

  • Bookings for Autumn 2019 will open on Monday 16 September 2019
  • Bookings for Spring 2020 will open on Monday 2 December 2019
  • Bookings for Summer 2020 will open on Monday 23 March 2020

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, it could be that a particular session isn’t open for bookings yet, but please get in touch with us if you’re unsure, or if you have any questions about a particular session.

The HSDTC also partners with other training providers at King’s, such as the Centre for Doctoral Studies; Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre; the LISS Doctoral Training Partnership; the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership; the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine; and the Department of Biostatistics & Health Informatics. Booking processes may vary across providers, so please ensure that you read any online instructions carefully.

Please note that workshop details are subject to change at short notice, so please follow us on Twitter for the latest updates, and make sure to check your monthly email newsletter.


If you have booked onto an HSDTC workshop and discover that you are unable to attend, we would normally expect you to give notice of cancellation of at least two working days so that your place can be offered to another student.

If you do not attend a workshop that you are booked onto and do not let us know or are unable to provide a good reason for not attending, you may be disqualified from participating in further HSDTC training opportunities.

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