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Training is an essential element of your PhD studies that will run alongside your research throughout your studentship. In the following pages you will find guidance on the amount and type of training you should undertake as well as links to the range of training opportunities that are available to you. 

Academic Needs Analysis

All new students should complete an Academic Needs Analysis (ANA) on PGR-Tracker within the first three months of study. This analysis will help to identify individual training requirements and it provides the basis for designing an appropriate, personalised training programme in consultation with academic supervisors. All students should review their ANA on an annual basis as part of the milestone review process or more frequently if required. Training in Academic Needs Analysis is available via GradBook (

Training Expectations

The expectation is that full-time Postgraduate research students engage in 70 hours of training per year. This training may be specified for students in Centres for Doctoral Training or Doctoral Training Partnerships. For others, the training programme will be designed by you and specific to your needs as identified in the Academic Needs Analysis. For further guidance on training please refer to the training section of the Student Handbook (

Training Opportunities in 2017/18

Bookable training opportunities, free online training and descriptions of the DTP/DTC training programmes are available in the following locations:

GradBook - To book faculty training courses visit:

Doctoral College Training Portal - Visit:

Southampton Univeristy Short Courses - To book:

Southampton University IT Training - For training in the use of IT packages visit:

National Centre for Research Methods - To book courses visit:

CPD Training in Data Science - For details visit:

Southampton Massive Open Online Courses:

Podcast Library - For details visit: 

Lynda Video Training Library - For details visit:


Training Programmes of the Doctoral Training Centres/Partnerships

SPITFIRE DTP - To find out more visit:

South Coast DTP - To find out more visit:

Complex Systems Simulation DTC - Modules:

Web Science DTC

Demonstrator Training

Postgraduate demonstrators get involved in undergraduate teaching by assisting in a wide variety of teaching events, such as seminars, tutorials, laboratory practical classes and fieldwork. If you are required to act as a postgraduate demonstrator as part of your studentship, or you want to gain experience as a demonstrator you will need to complete demonstrator training before signing up for opportunities. Training can be booked via GradBook at

Language Support

The following language support is available to FSHMS students for whom English is not their first language:

(1) New entrants PGR Programme (Tutor: Mary Page)

PGR Entrants Programme: The emphasis will be on writing requirements in the context of research: argumentation, tone and style, criticality, with some attention to grammar and vocabulary.

Part A, Semester 1, Thursdays 10-11.30am starting Thur 26 Oct for 8 weeks.  This course will be for all those selecting this in the ANA or they will be identified from the writing task assessment of need. 

Part B, Semester 2, provisionally 10 weeks of 60 minutes, Thursdays 10-11.30. This course will be targeted provision for those with the most need at the end of Part A. 

(2) Thesis writing workshops for `PGRs in years 2-4 (Tutor: Mary Page)

 Monthly workshops starting Tuesday 24th Oct 2-3.30pm (further dates to be confirmed)

A workshop environment that takes place in different parts of the Faculty. The topics of the workshop, place and time will be advertised monthly. The first 5 students to sign up will be able to submit their work or challenge to the tutor in advance. Other participants on the day work with that agenda/writing.

Assessment of need: Students may be referred to the workshops at their Progression Milestones, by their supervisors at any time, or self-refer. 


Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)

The Research Training Support Grant (usually £750 per annum for three years for full-time students, pro-rata for part-time students) can be used to meet costs and expenses for fieldwork, conferences, seminars, training, purchasing necessary specialist equipment, transcription etc.. Funding is dependent on successful progression. Students may continue to access unspent RTSG from the funded studentship period during nominal registration but not after first thesis submission. For full details refer to the student handbook (

Festival of Doctoral Research

The Festival of Doctoral Research is an event hosted by the Doctoral College, which ran for the first time in May 2016. The Festival aims to celebrate and showcase the University's world-class doctoral research, encourage interdisciplinary working and bring the PGR community together. Events which run as part of the Festival include:

For details of the 2017 Festival of Doctoral Research visit:

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