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Durham University

Department of Chemistry

Skills Training

By completing postgraduate study in the Department of Chemistry at Durham you will acquire a host of project- and chemistry-related knowledge and experience as well as more general transferable skills and activities.  To help you achieve these goals, the Department has a well-developed training Graduate Skills Portfolio programme for its postgraduate students, which is tailored for an individual student and includes :

  • University and Departmental induction courses
  • Lecture courses on safety and specialised research techniques
  • Weekly research seminars
  • Focussed University and Science Faculty courses
  • A rolling programme of flexible format and specialised PhD student lecture courses led by leading academics
  • 1st and 2nd year progress reports
  • 3rd year student research presentations
  • 2nd year research student poster competition and prizes
  • Research group activities (problem sessions, seminars)
  • Undergraduate teaching and teaching training courses
  • Public chemistry awareness schemes
  • Active participation at local, national and international conferences

The transferable skills you will naturally acquire during your postgraduate studies can be equally applied to both academic and a host of other professions outside of chemistry.  For example:

  • Independent working
  • Identifying aims and objectives and setting/meeting targets
  • Team working and networking skills (local, national and international)
  • Problem solving and critical thinking, argument and assessment
  • Data collection, analyses and reporting
  • Communication skills - presenting data, information and arguments at a variety of levels to experts and non-experts alike
  • Enhanced written skills such as report writing
  • Experiment and time management
  • Teaching and mentoring