Transferable Skills Training, Getting Credits, MVLS Graduate School

Transferable Skills Training 

Training in research skills is key in the development of all postgraduate students.

Employers expect staff to have a variety of generic and transferable skills.

The MVLS Graduate School offers a tailored training programme for skills development for MVLS students.  Details of these courses can be found on pages 9-20 of the Research Training Programme Handbook (PDF).

You can also take part in other training opportunities across the University, eg courses organised by Research and Innovation Services and IT Services

Before booking courses you should carry out a Training Needs Analysis with your Supervisor, who can guide you on the best training for you. Please see page 38 of the handbook for further information.

Postgraduate Student Credit System

Credit allocation

For courses organised by the MVLS Graduate School

  • The Graduate School receives the course register from the speaker and applies the credit.
  • This is a manual process and it may take one month for credits to appear on the PGR Progress Review System.

For courses not delivered by the MVLS Graduate School

  • Please complete a Skills Credit Application Form (MS Word). Email this form, along with evidence of attendance, to the Graduate School.
  • If you booked the course via MyCampus, you can forward the booking email you receive as evidence.
  • To determine if a course is not delivered by the MVLS Graduate School, please check the Research Training Programme Handbook (PDF)
  • You can also claim external credit for conference attendance and other activities. Remember to provide evidence of attendance.

Compulsory courses

  • Inductions for New Research Students
  • Equality & Diversity Training for Postgraduate Students
  • Research Integrity
  • Research Data Management
  • Radiation Protection (for research students working with radiation sources only)
  • Field Work Safety (for research students undertaking fieldwork only)
  • Writing your Thesis
  • Preparing for the Viva Voce

Credits for other skills training opportunities

You can apply for one credit for training activities that do not appear in the MVLS Research Training Programme Handbook (PDF)

  • Complete the Skills Credit Application Form (MS Word).
  • Sign the section on the form to confirm that you have not already claimed a credit for a similar activity.
  • Email the Graduate School with the completed form and evidence of attendance. Where formal proof is not available, we may accept a timetable, agenda, booking email, etc.
  • All skills training opportunities are allocated one credit.

Booking courses


  • Search to enrol for courses using MyCampus (under Self Service - Student Centre / Enrollment / Add by Search / Course Career: PG Research).
  • When in the 'Search for Classes' page under the ‘Course Catalogue’ section, add the 4 digit number at the end of the course code, for example, RSDA6006.
  • Select Postgraduate Research
  • From the drop down menu - select Search.
  • Select your preferred course and date which will be added to your 'choices’.
  • Make sure that you click on the ‘my choices’ tab then select the courses from the table view and then click on Enrol to complete enrolment on the course/workshop.
  • You will receive an automated email within 24 hours, confirming that you have booked a place on this course.
  • Course venues will be entered onto MyCampus but may be subject to change between the point of booking and the date of the course. You will receive an automated reminder, on the Friday prior to the event, letting you know the venue of the course.
  • If this is a multi-day course, you must be available to attend all days.

IT Courses

Skills Training Transcripts

  • Transcripts are available from the Graduate School.
  • Please email the Graduate School or visit the reception to put in a request.
  • The transcript outlines all research training courses and external activities taken during your PGR studies and is usually requested at the end of your degree. 

Training for Graduate Teaching Assistants

You can find out about training for Graduate Teaching Assistants on the Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service pages.