Transferable Skills Training, Getting Credits, MVLS Graduate School

Transferable Skills Training 

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

It is widely recognised that future employers, in a range of sectors, expect staff to possess a variety of generic and transferable skills.   

To help you develop these skills the Graduate School provides a training programme in the ‌‌Research Training Programme Handbook(PDF).

You can also participate in other training opportunities as agreed with your supervisor.

Personal Development Planning

Your personal development planning should include regular meetings with your supervisor to discuss your training needs with a Training Needs Assessment Form‌, and to determine how you can acquire a broad range of skills during your postgraduate studies.

All Research Training Programme courses are open to MVLS students only (students in other Colleges should refer to their College Graduate School Office for information on research training opportunities available).


Please book RTP courses via MyCampus or as detailed in the handbook.
(see instructions below) 

You can check your credits on the PGR Review System.

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Postgraduate Student Credit System

  • Full-time students undertaking a PhD should gain 20 skills training credits and aim for at least 12 in the first year. All other postgraduate degrees and part-time students should gain credits pro-rata.
  • Self-evaluate your training needs using the Training Needs Assessment (MS Word) in consultation with the Vitae Researcher Development Document (PDF).
  • Meet with your supervisor to review the completed Training Needs Assessment (TNA) self-evaluation form, agree a plan for training provision, and complete the Researcher Development Log (MS Word).
  • Continually review your training needs with your supervisor throughout the year.

Credit allocation

For courses organised by MVLS Graduate School

  • When the Graduate School receives the course register from the speaker credits are applied for those students who have attended.
  • Please note this is a manual process and may take up to one month for credits to appear on your record.

For NON MVLS Graduate School Courses(external)

  • It is the responsibility of students to inform the Graduate School when you have attended a course not managed by the Graduate School. If the course is booked via MyCampus the email you receive can be forwarded to the Graduate School as evidence.
  • To determine if a course is non MVLS Graduate School (external) please check the Research Training Programme and Personal Development Handbook (PDF) where you will find external courses listed as 'SEOA'. 
  • You can also claim external credit for conference attendance and other activities. 
  • If your course is external, you will need to complete an External Credit Application Form along with proof that you attended the course and email this to the Graduate School.

Compulsory courses

  • Inductions for New Research Students
  • Research Integrity
  • Research Data Management (mandatory from June 2018)
  • 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

  • Complete an External Credit Application Form if you wish to apply to have a credit allocated to your Skills Training Record for participation in training activities which do not appear in the College Skills Training Programme.
  • Sign the section on the form to confirm that you have not previously claimed a credit for a similar activity.
  • Email the Graduate School the completed External Credit Application Form describing the course/activity and clearly state the RDF skills domain in which you have gained training.
  • A certificate of your attendance or other documentary evidence must accompany this application (It is permitted to submit a programme timetable, agenda, email, etc. as proof of attendance where formal proof of attendance is not available).
  • All skills training opportunities will be 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.