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The ‘How to make a success of your post-graduate research studies’ (known previously as ‘How to work with your supervisor’) is an interactive online session suitable for MSD first year DPhil/MSc by research students.


This 2 hour interactive online MSD Skills Training course helps students to chart a successful path through their research projects with advice on time management, expectations, integration and development within a new research team/institution and crucially, how to take control of their research. Importantly, this also includes understanding the roles of student and supervisor, and strategies for dealing with common supervisor-related issues, along with available support networks, sources of advice and counsel, and how to think about difficult conversations. This course is built upon experiences from past MSD students.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Learn how to plan a deliverable research project
  • Understand your role in the research team
  • Establish a productive working relationship with your supervisor




For the interactive session, you will be sent the link in the automated communication along with joining instructions. To join the session, you can click on the link 15 minutes before the session. Once the tutor has started the session they will tell you what to do. 


A good internet connection, uninterrupted time, camera and microphone enabled on PC. 

Before the course you can:

  • send any specific queries/concerns/previous examples to the MSD Course Coordinator  who will forward it to the tutor anonymously, for discussion during the interactive session.
  • follow the “Chatham House rule


It is now a requirement that you complete the three short questions in the survey you receive after attending the course. Once you have submitted the survey, you will be sent an email with a link to your attendance certificate. This is to ensure we receive the feedback we need to evaluate and improve our courses. Survey results are downloaded and stored anonymously.


Where no cost is given in the shopping trolley, no deposit is required. However, two or more non-attendances or late cancellations without good reason will be logged and may mean you cannot attend any further MSD training that term. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information.