As a graduate student you are expected to spend the equivalent of 10 days each year receiving formal training in research and transferable skills. Apart from a small number of events which are considered compulsory, and about which you will be notified by email, we encourage flexibility in training so that you can fit it around your other commitments such a laboratory research. It is very important that students liaise with their supervisors when considering whether to take a course, especially when this will require an absence from the laboratory for one or more days.
Students are expected to keep a record of all their training and report on their training in their termly online reports on GSS. Failure to keep a record of training could lead to a failure to transfer to MSc/DPhil status or failure to have DPhil status confirmed.
Details about training opportunities and how to book places for them can be obtained at the Divisional Skills Portal.
There is a listing of all courses offered across the University on WEBLEARN.
A comprehensive online course on Research Integrity is available. We strongly recommend that all students complete this course.
Further information on Skills Training and Facilities available to students within the Department
Research training is provided by research groups; students may attend specialised courses, and tutorials as required. Training and practice in presentation of research is by regular participation in group meetings and special courses. Students are encouraged to write research papers as their work progresses, which provide good practice for thesis preparation.
Specialised Research Seminars, Research Colloquia and Lectures: Students will participate in research seminars in their own field. They will also take an interest in and learn about other fields of research in biochemistry. The programme of lectures is organised by special research interest groups, and by the Oxford University Biochemical Society (OUBS). The OUBS lecture series has been widely attended over the years by the Oxford research community.
Lectures and Tutorials: Graduate students are not normally required to take examined taught courses, though particular programmes require attendance at specialised courses. All students can directly access course material of the Master in Biochemistry Course (4-Year taught degree), and may attend lectures relevant to their study. Students who switched fields are required to fill in gaps and acquire relevant background in their new field by private study, supported by a programme of lectures, a small number of tutorials, if necessary. The programme is devised and organised by the student, in consultation with the supervisor.
Induction course: The Induction Course provides immediate orientation and opportunity for students to meet one another. There are introductions and visits to support services and lectures on safety; workshops introduce the concept of graduate skills, and advisors present a flexible but mandatory academic and research skills training programme. There are introductions to all departmental research areas and facilities, and presentations of research by postgraduates beginning their 3rd year (Annual DPhil Symposia).
Examples of opportunities for transferable skills development within the Department of Biochemistry: Departmental graduate mentoring scheme; Presentation Skills course; Scientific Writing Skills course (including Report, Thesis and Paper writing); DPhil Poster Presentation; DPhil Symposia; the OUBS Annual Careers Day; Teaching in Higher Education and preparation for academic practice.
Examples of opportunities for transferable skills development
Other resources and facilities: In addition to bench space and desks, students have full and free access to IT training, and facilities for production of publications and theses. The Radcliffe Science Library nearby offers extensive literature facilities and training.
For refreshments, meetings, dining and recreation: There is a cafeteria within the Department that serves hot and cold food, as well as kitchen areas where students and staff can prepare their own food. Areas for eating, relaxing and discussion are provided within the central atrium. There is also free access for students to the University Club, and the famous University Parks close by.