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This MSD Skills Training course is suitable for postgraduate research students and postdoctoral early career researchers in the Division who want to teach tutorials in the University and HE more generally.


This course introduces you to learning and teaching in higher education. Please note that this is a requirement for teaching in many departments in MSD.

First, you will work through ‘Core content’ in Canvas using this link, consisting of several modules including a short quiz.

Please see the main PLTO information page for further details.

Once you have completed the core content modules and quiz, you will be able to access the link to book on the session. 

Your scheduled four-hour session will provide the opportunity to learn about the underlying pedagogical principles of the Oxford tutorial system and highlight specific tutorial teaching opportunities in the MSD. Course tutors will ask you to provide feedback via Vevox at the end of the session to evaluate their teaching. This is in addition to the brief MSD Skills feedback questionnaire you need to complete before you can access your certificate.

Please remember that you need to complete ‘Core content’ and attend in person session to receive your PLTO attendance certificate.  


  • Apply the Oxford tutorial system to encourage deeper learning
  • Plan and deliver small group learning activities
  • Respond to the individual needs of your students
  • Facilitate constructive criticism and the exchange of ideas in a very small group
  • Identify teaching opportunities in the Medical Sciences Division




You need to self enrol on Canvas using this link, to access ‘Core content’. Once you have completed ‘Core content’, you can book a place on the in person session and read through the preparatory materials (you will be provided a link to self enrol on Canvas in the booking email confirmation). 

Please refer to ‘Process through Parts 1 and 2’ on the main PLTO information page for a step-by-step guide through the process.


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.