Postgraduate Induction Course  

Registration for the October 2017 course has now closed. 
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The Postgraduate Induction Course, known as the PIC, is a recently developed course for all new PGR students commencing research in the Faculty. The next course will be delivered over 7 working days from Wednesday 4th  October 2017 to Thursday 12th October 2017 and is open to students who started their research degree from March 2017.

It has been designed to introduce you to many of the core skills and experiences you are expected to gain during the course of your research degree.

A Timetable timetable can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page, and you can view an interactive map of the University by clicking the following link

Course Content

The PIC is recommended for all new PGR students, and we suggest you opt out of only those parts of the course which are not relevant to you. If however, you wish to attend selected sessions, this is also possible. Please note that some of the sessions are compulsory for all students.

The following is a list of course topic:  


By the end of the course, you will be better adapted to the research environment, have acquired basic research skills such as how to do a literature search, or use Endnote, and developed key skills (e.g. scientific thinking, critical appraisal, data handling) and understanding appropriate for your research programme.

What previous PIC participants said:

Students who have attended previous courses have said that they enjoyed the course, learned a lot from it, that they had acquired and developed skills that would be useful to them in the future, and would recommend the course to other students.

"It was a good experience meeting students from around the Department and other staff members.  An enjoyable period that had added value to the start of my PhD"

"Meeting other PhD students both from my department and other departments all with very different backgrounds. It was good to get to know members of staff who we can go to for any advice for any post-graduate related issues"

"The course was very informative especially for a student who has recently joined and not know much about the University"

“The Departmental induction was very useful as it was a concise time period of an hour but gave valuable information about deadlines etc”

"A very useful course - The Think Ahead session was really interesting and opened eyes for a lot of options post PhD"

"I am an international overseas student, not used to the University of Sheffield's routine.  The course was very useful to get started to the procedures and also to know the different resources available to the students and how to access them"

"Great opportunity to meet future colleagues"