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Doctoral Skills Development Training Programme (DSDP)


UCL Doctoral Skills Development Training Programme (UCL Doc Skills)


UCL is committed to providing excellent training to all postgraduate research students, to enhance research, life skills and employability. Apart from the intrinsic value of the skills to researchers' current work and life, such skills are vital in almost any subsequent career path, whether in research or beyond.


As a UCL postgraduate research student you are encouraged to identify training to suit your needs and skill level. It is worth consulting with your supervisor to identify your training needs and using the skills assessment on the Research Log to support this conversation. UCL Doc Skills features a wide variety of training options, from half-day workshops and intensive week-long courses, to a smaller number of term-long programmes of training, including statistical training and language support. Courses are taught by a range of experts, including UCL academics employers and external consultants.


The UCL Doc Skills offering includes taught courses, web-based training, one-to-one expert sessions, residential courses, a full range of enterprise training opportunities and bespoke Careers provision for researchers. A huge range of topics is covered to provide our research students with a head start in their chosen careers.  The full UCL Doc Skills programme can be found on our website:



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