Recommended training

Recommended training for PGR students.

The acquisition and development of personal transferable, employment-related and generic research skills is an important part of postgraduate research training. The School of Informatics works closely with the Institute for Academic Development's PG team to produce a programme of skills and research training specifically designed for its postgraduate research students.

This page will help you navigate through the wide variety of training opportunities open to students and also to help highlight the courses that are highly recommended or essential.

Most courses are half-day or full-day courses that have been designed specifically for Informatics students.

Although the formal requirements of research study do not include a coursework component it is expected that all students will attend all of the highly recommended courses.

In addition, supervisors may recommend that you attend one or more of the MSc courses available in the School of Informatics during your first year.  If you wish to attend the lectures for a course, you must ask for approval of the Programme Director first.  Please contact the Informatics Teaching Office (with your approval email) and request to be registered as 'Class Only' on the course - please provide the course name and course code.  You are not allowed to attend any tutorial or lab sessions or submit assessed coursework for these courses; you will not be awarded credit for attending the course(s).

Informatics Teaching Office email:

Please follow the instructions provided on the Institute for Academic Development site to book places on courses and check the information on course content, background needed and eligibility to ensure that the course or resource is what you require.

Institute for Academic Development

Institute for Academic Development PG Research Students Training Site

Institute for Academic Development PG Research Brochure 2018/19

English Language Education - Course List

MSc courses available in the School of Informatics

Highly recommended courses

It is expected that all students will attend the courses listed below. Follow the link for more detail on the contents and date of each course.

All first years are expected to attend:

  1. How to do an Informatics PhD ( 6th November 2019 and 26th February 2020, 1.30pm - 4.30pm, Alan Bundy)
  2. Preparing For 1st Year Review (18th March 2020, 9.30am - 12.30pm with Matthias Hennig and Louise/Fiona TBC)
  3. Writing a First Year PhD Report for Non-Native English Speakers (TBC)

All second years are expected to attend:

  1. Presenting Made Easy (6th November 2018, 29th January 2019 and 26th March 2019)
  2. How to Write an Informatics Research Paper (date TBC) Writing an Informatics Research Paper Course materials

All third year students are expected to attend:

  1. Informatics PhD Thesis Workshop (usually January)
  2. Preparing for your Viva: School of Informatics (22nd April 2020, 9.30am - 12.30pm with Matthias Hennig)


Relevant course timetable for 2018/19

Title Date Time Where
How to do an Informatics PhD Wednesday 21st November 2018 13:30 - 16:30 TBC Central Area
Writing an Informatics research paper TBC TBC TBC
How to do an Informatics PhD Wednesday 24th Arpil 2019 13:30 - 16:30 TBC Central Area
Preparation of your PhD proposal for 1st year review Thursday 14th March 2019 09:30-12:30 TBC
Preparing for Your Viva: School of Informatics Thursday 18th April 2019 13:30 - 16:30 TBC 

Other recommended courses

The Institute for Academic Development offers many other courses that may be of benefit during your PhD and afterwards. The courses are in 3 categories:

We especially recommend the following additional courses, all of which are offered by IAD several times a year:

First year

Third year

Anyone whose thesis has ethical issues or who is just interested in science and social responsibility can take the following online course:

Many other resources and courses are available; their details, other sources of training, and full details of current courses can be found online.

Presentations and Transkills materials for students

Follow these links for access to materials and presentations used as part of these workshops:

Course Material
Managing your PhD
Presenting your PhD thesis workshop
Preparing for your Viva [18th April 2016]
Doing Informatics research [8th February 2017] The materials for the course.
Killer Titles [January 2012]
How to Write an Informatics Research Paper [6th September 2012]

The course materials, and the slides:

PhD Postgrad Supervision in CSE: Supervisor Refresher Course [8th November 2012]
Informatics: Preparing for the First Year Proposal Review [15th March 2017]