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This interactive online MSD Skills training course is most suitable for first-year DPhil students in their second or third term who are preparing to write their transfer report. Those in their first term are likely to find many of the exercises are not yet helpful. It complements the 'Transfer of status' course.


This course is made up of both pre-recorded material and a live session (1 hour). You will need to have viewed the pre-recorded materials before the live session. These are held in a separate platform called Canvas and once you are booked on the course you will be sent an enrolment invitation email (see 'This course has pre-work' section below). You can choose whether to work through the suggested exercises before the live session or afterwards.

Most of the course content described below will be presented only in the pre-recorded material, with the live session used for exercises, discussion, and clarification. You will be given access to the course Canvas space with the pre-recorded content as soon as your booking is confirmed.

Please allow at least 3 hours to view the pre-recorded material and complete the suggested exercises. Depending on how far you are in writing your report, you might find that you want to spend quite a bit more time on the exercises. Please make sure you read all of the sections below relating to how the course will work, the pre-work and the survey and attendance certificate.


We’ll cover how to plan, write, and revise your transfer report. Each lesson is supported by examples and suggested exercises, drawing on your research thus far and your plans for the rest of your DPhil.

1. Planning the transfer report

•            Figuring out your overall message

•            Deciding a structure and outline that supports your message

•            Communicating with your supervisor about how and when to request feedback

2. Writing the transfer report

•            Strategies for writing and overcoming pain points

•            Tips for the content of each report section (abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, proposal)

3. Revising the transfer report

•            Editing your work from rough draft to simple, clear, and complete final report

•            Strategies for requesting, coping with, and incorporating feedback

After this course, you will:

Find your transfer story – while meeting transfer aims

Develop an outline of your transfer report for discussion with your supervisor

Feel ready to write each report section

Be confident in revising and applying feedback 


Maximum 30


This online course consists of a series of pre-recorded talks and exercises in Canvas, followed by an interactive 1-hour live session. Most of the course content will be presented only in the pre-recorded material, with the live session used for exercises, discussion, and clarification. You can submit your questions and discussion points ahead of the live session through Canvas. Please refer to 'This course has pre-work' section below.

You will need to be logged in via SSO to access the pre-work and join the interactive session.

The pre-recorded materials are broken into short videos (2-12min), to make it easier for you to fit this course around other commitments.

For the live session, you can choose whether to join using audio and visual, just audio, or text chat. Live sessions will not be recorded.


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.


Once you have booked on the course, you will be sent an enrolment invitation email from Canvas. Accepting this link gives you access to the pre-work (pre-recorded lectures, exercises and other materials) you will need to work through to participate in the live session. Please note that Canvas is a separate platform. You may need to check the enrolment invitation email hasn't ended up in your junk folder.


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 there is no cost given in the shopping trolley, no deposit is required to book onto this course. However, more than two consecutive 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.