Training programme

During your PhD, you'll be based in one of the University of Sheffield's seven engineering departments. When you join your department, you'll begin a programme of specialist training led by your supervisor.

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They, along with other staff in your research group, will help you get the skills you need to complete a great piece of research. If your PhD is part of a Centre for Doctoral Training, there may be additional training for you to complete as part of your centre's programme.

On top of the specialist knowledge you'll get through your department, the Engineering Graduate School will support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of engineering.

Your induction to the Engineering Graduate School will give you an overview of training opportunities, including essential health and safety knowledge.

After that, you'll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. 

Your training needs will be assessed at the start of your PhD, so we can make sure you get all the support you need.

Doctoral Development Programme (DDP)

As a doctoral researcher (PGR student) you are automatically enrolled with the DDP - there's at least one compulsory module (Professional Behaviour and Ethical Conduct) and there may be more depending on the department you study with.

There's also a wealth of training opportunities, seminars and resources for you to use - and best of all, it's all free!

We realise each student joins us with a different set of skills and experience so the programme is flexible and will suit each individual's need.

Training Needs Analysis (TNA) is completed at the start of each year with your supervisor so that you can register with the training that will benefit you the most.

The University wants to ensure that all doctoral researchers receive the highest quality of training and want to support you in becoming world-class researchers.  

Further information can be found on the DDP website.

What type of training is available?

The DDP covers a wide range of training. For example, you can take part in one or two part seminars that cover topics such as developing your online presence, producing an effective CV or career development.

There are also taught modules which take place over the academic year to help you develop your subject knowledge. You can view a full list of the training available on the DDP website: DDP training.

Any other questions?

The DDP website has a list of FAQs that covers everything from assessment, attendance and registration: DDP FAQs

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