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Workshops & Courses

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.

Bookings will open at various times throughout the academic year:

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

In addition to the courses aimed at PhD students in the Health Faculties that you'll find listed on this page, the Centre for Doctoral Studies at King's offers a wider range of training opportunities. If you can't find what you're looking for below, take a look at the Centre for Doctoral Studies course listings as well.

Clinical Research & Ethics

HSDTC2 Principles of Clinical Research
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 involving human participants within the UK.

HSDTC3 Clinical Research Protocol Development
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.

HSDTC25 Managing Early Phase Clinical Trials: Principles and Practice
This is a one-day interactive session for those who want to learn about the principles and practice of managing early phase clinical trials, with a combination of presentations, discussions and exercises.

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

HSDTC8 Research Ethics and Integrity
Explore the principles underlying research ethics while considering the ethical questions posed by contemporary medical research, and get an overview of good research practice in data management.

HSDTC77 Medical Device Regulation
Coming soon.

HSDTC68 Exploring the Clinical Academic Pathway
This event is aimed at academic clinical PhDs students, or academic clinical fellows aiming to apply for a PhD, from all faculties at King's.

Bioinformatics & Statistics

Please note that in addition to the workshops listed here, further courses in bioinformatics and statistics are available through the Guy's and St Thomas' Biomedical Research Centre's Research Methods Programme, and through the Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics' Executive Education Programme.

HSDTC20 DataCamp Subscription
DataCamp is one of the leading online resources for learning to programme in the main languages used in data analysis. Please note: applications for DataCamp are currently closed; please look out for announcements about the next round of DataCamp subscriptions offered through the HSDTC.

"The smartest way to Learn Data Science Online"

HSDTC36 Introduction to Python for Biologists
A five-day course giving an overview of the Python programming language for biological sciences students, with an emphasis on practical problem-solving.

HSDTC26 Advanced Python for Biologists
A five-day course for biological sciences students who have a basic knowledge of Python and 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."

HSDTC59 Data Science for Biologists using Python
A five-day course for biological sciences students with knowledge of Python who need to explore big datasets and quickly visualise patterns and relationships, and 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."

HSDTC60 Introduction to R
For wet lab-based students who want to handle tabular datasets using R programming, and so develop new ways of thinking, test new hypotheses, and generate new concepts. No prior knowledge of R required.

HSDTC34 RNA-seq and ChIP-seq Analysis
This workshop is aimed at wet-lab biologists who are embarking upon research projects that will involve RNA-seq and ChIP-seq experiments and the analysis of the data generated.

HSDTC67 Ensembl Genome Exploration
Gain hands-on experience in the use of the Ensembl genome. Learn about the incorporated / interlinked datasets, how to explore the genome of different species, and how to perform different types of analysis.

HSDTC70 Introduction to UNIX
UNIX is a versatile language that’s employed in multiple data analysis pipelines; by the end of this workshop you should be able to execute simple commands and tasks, and navigate through folders in your computer.

HSDTC32 Single Cell Data Analysis
A three-day overview of the existing problems and the available computational and statistical frameworks available for the analysis of scRNA-seq data. Some knowledge of UNIX and R is required.

HSDTC61 Health Sciences Data Hackathon
The Health Sciences Data Hackathon is for everyone at King’s, including students at all levels, postdocs and PIs, who use or wish to use coding for their research, regardless of their level of expertise with programming. See here for more details: https://khsdtc.github.io/Hackathon_Autumn2019/

PGR257 Introduction to Statistics for Researchers
This course is for doctoral research students and research staff who wish to learn more about statistical methods and apply statistical techniques in practice.

HSDTC68 Statistical Analysis with R
This workshop will allow you to connect the concepts behind statistical tests and their implementation. You’ll use R scripts to analyze data and learn the basics of conducting reproducible research.

HSDTC37 Bayesian Statistics with R
This three-day workshop includes theory and practice and is designed for doctoral research students with minimal knowledge of R who are keen on extending their background in applied statistics.

HSDTC73 Experimental Design and Statistical Methods
This two half-day course will show you how to design high quality experiments using rigorous but easily accessible statistical thinking, and will consist of lecture sessions and a written exercise.

Microscopy, Cell Biology & Imaging

HSDTC16 Cell Culture for Beginners: Theory & Practice
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.

HSDTC17 Cell Culture for Beginners: Theory Only
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.

HSDTC27 Fundamentals of Light and Electron Microscopy
This course comprises four sessions that cover the fundamentals of light and electron microscopy, as well as hands-on training on imaging instruments and image analysis software.

HSDTC35 Icy for Beginners: Bio-Image Analysis
This workshop is for doctoral research students who use microscopy and want to use Icy, a free, open-source community platform for bioimage informatics, to quantify their data. No programming experience necessary.

HSDTC57 Icy Intermediate: Bio-Image Analysis
This workshop is for doctoral research students who use microscopy and want to use Icy, a free, open-source community platform for bioimage informatics, to quantify their data. Some experience of Icy is necessary.

HSDTC58 CRISPR Gene Editing
For doctoral research students using CRISPR technologies. This workshop will take the form of a tutorial on identifying and using resources for the design of CRISPR gene editing experiments. 

HSDTC72 Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine 1: Latest Developments
This session provides an overview of the latest developments and techniques, legal regulation and translational aspects of stem cell for regenerative medicine, and is open to all.

Communication & Impact

PGR700 How to Review a Paper
This session aims to give an understanding of the processes around peer reviewing academic articles, reviewing published articles for journal clubs, and tips on what to look for when reviewing a paper.

PGR259 Writing a Literature Review in the Sciences
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.

HSDTC55 Writing Masterclass: Writing a Successful Review Article
For doctoral research students who are writing or planning review articles for publication, this session takes you through the process of planning, pitching, structuring, drafting and revising your article.

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

HSDTC19 Writing Masterclass: Writing a Scientific Abstract
This half-day session for doctoral research students and postdocs will help you distil your research into an abstract for peer-reviewed journals that is concise, accurate, compelling, and written to the required length.

PGR261 Publishing a Scientific Research Paper
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.

PGR701 How to Get Published
This session will provide practical advice on how to prepare, structure and submit your manuscript for successful publication. Suitable for all King's health sciences staff and doctoral research students.

HSDTC54 Science Communication: Writing for a Lay Audience
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 Competition!

HSDTC23 Creating Impact and Engagement for your Research
This workshop guides you step-by-step through the processes to maximise the chances of your work fostering real and long-lasting change outside of academia.

HSDTC76 Communicate with Impact for Researchers
This interactive and applied workshop helps doctoral researchers to 'connect the dots' between effective communication, successful funding applications, societal impact and career success. 

PGR600 Three Minute Thesis
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 research students at King’s.

HSDTC69 Public Engagement through STEM Education
Run in part by STEM Learning for individuals who would like to become a STEM Ambassador, this training session is a great introduction to the many ways in which researchers can engage the public in their research.

HSDTC9 Podcast Training
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!

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

HSDTC80 Visual Communication for Scientists
Coming soon.

Careers & Employability

HSDTC1 What’s Next? Health Sciences PhD Career Options Drop-in
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.

HSDTC24 From Bench to Market
This introductory workshop is aimed at doctoral research students in the health sciences who are interested in exploring business start-up, spin out and commercialisation.

HSDTC65 Connecting with Industry
This blended learning course is aimed at giving doctoral research students in the health sciences a working knowledge of critical business issues that impact commercial organisations.

HSDTC78 Exploring the Clinical Academic Pathway
Are you a clinician doing a PhD? How do you balance research and your clinical job once you’ve graduated? Do you know which pathways are open to you? Come along to this networking lunch to find out.

King’s Careers & Employability Workshops & Webinars
See what else is on offer from the King’s Careers & Employability team to help you to weigh up your career options.

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 in Your Ears
A podcast from the King’s Careers & Employability team, featuring interviews with PhD holders and providing insights into their career journeys. Have a listen now!

Careers and Professional Skills Programme for Researchers
Further online resources from the King’s Careers & Employability team have been specially curated for doctoral research students, and can be found on KEATS.

Doctoral Essentials

We’ve listed a few relevant ‘Doctoral Essentials’ courses run via the Centre for Doctoral Studies here, but don’t forget to check out what else is on offer: search under ‘PGR’ on SkillsForge, or check the Centre for Doctoral Studies webpages.

PGR100 Starting Your PhD in the Sciences
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.

PGR174 Preparing for the Upgrade in the Sciences
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. 

PGR103 Writing Up the Thesis in the Sciences
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’. 

PGR237 The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students
Find out what PhD students 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!

Guy’s and St Thomas’ BRC Research Methods Programme

Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) aim to turn scientific discoveries into better healthcare for everyone. The BRC at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals do this by encouraging brilliant minds from diverse fields to innovate and collaborate using our world class facilities.

Education and training is central to the work of the BRC, through the School of Translational and Experimental Medicine (STEM).

The school is one of our four ‘research clusters’ and demonstrates the importance of training and capacity development to world-leading research. It focuses on the recruitment of the best projects and the best trainees.

This comprehensive range of BRC courses in Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods are bookable via the HSDTC on SkillsForge; see full details here and book your place now.

Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics

The Department of Biostatistics & Health Informatics at the Institute of Psyschiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience has been a major force in the development of quantitative methodology as applied to mental health research, with significant national and international collaborations and with growing impact into all areas of medicine particularly through expertise in trials and software development.

Executive Education Programme

As a doctoral research student in one of the Health Faculties at King's College London, you can apply for an HSDTC bursary to support your attendance at one of the Department's Executive Education Programme courses in a range of biostatistics and health informatics research methods and skills.

Visit the BHI webpages to see what's on offer, and see the HSDTC Funding, Competitions, and Other Opportunities page to find out more about how to apply for one of these bursaries.

Applied Statistical Modelling & Health Informatics PGCert

This course has been created to deliver a skill set and knowledge base in “multimodal” and “big data” analysis techniques, which are a recognised scarcity within UK Life sciences.

You will receive world-class training in core statistical, machine learning and computational methodology, and you will have the opportunity to apply your skills to real-life settings facilitated by the world-leading Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

IoPPN Research Methods KEATS Course

This is an interactive e-learning module developed by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, and delivered via KEATS.

The module covers research ethics, communication of results, study design and statistics, literature searching, critical analysis of literature, and designing research questions.

Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network

The Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN) is a network of nine leading HE institutions, 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.  

The BPSN shared skills training programme allows research students in the participating institutions to enhance their generic research skills and personal transferable skills, through attending training courses and workshops at other member institutions. The skills attained from the programme are intended to help research and also to enhance life skills and employability.

Full information on the network and details of how to register for places on the training courses can be found on the BPSN website, where you will also find useful information here regarding generic skills development for research students and links to further resources that you might find useful.

LinkedIn Learning

As a King's student, you have free access to premium learning content from LinkedIn Learning (formerly lynda.com). This extensive library of industry leading content gives you on-demand access to skills development from business, technical and creative sectors.

The Centre for Doctoral Studies curates playlists and suggests courses relevant to PGR studentsto enhance your skills development.


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