Skills Training Courses: Research Skills
Our research courses range from best practice for planning, designing and carrying out research to the use of specific research technology for the medical sciences. You can access other course categories from the Courses by topic page, and find supporting material on our Resources page. Can't find what you're looking for? Contact us.
Upcoming Research Skills courses
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 to Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 12.10pm - 5pm
This page describes how our MSD Skills online training courses will run this term, what to expect, and how to access pre-work and other course materials.
Thursday, 01 October 2020 to Thursday, 31 December 2020, 12am - 1am
MSD Skills are unable to provide our 'Introduction to statistics' training during MT20, but we have listed some alternative online statistics resources here.
Thursday, 08 October 2020 to Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 3pm - 6pm
Ready to develop your teaching skills at Oxford? The new Advancing Teaching and Learning Programme, starting Jan 2021 and leading to the award of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, is now open to staff who meet the application criteria.
Monday, 19 October 2020 to Friday, 23 October 2020, 9.30am - 12pm
***THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED*** This four half day online interactive sessions are suitable for all MSD postgraduate research students and postdoctoral early career researchers involved with bright field and fluorescence microscopy.
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 to Wednesday, 04 November 2020, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
***THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED*** This interactive online course is suitable for Medical Sciences postgraduate research students (year 2 onwards) and Medical Sciences early career researchers.
Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 10am to 12pm
***THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED***This interactive online session provided by ITLC is for Medical Sciences postgraduate research students and early career researchers wanting to learn about good presentation design.
OTHER Research Skills Courses
This section lists other relevant research skills courses delivered elsewhere in the University and other MSD research skills courses running in other terms.
Limited places are available to MSD postgraduate research students on the following Dunn School remote courses:
The Principles of Flow Cytometry Workshop - Wednesday 28th October 1430-1630 run by Robert Hedley. Students should register with Lucinda.email@example.com by Friday 23rd October and a link will be sent.
Data analysis and presentation workshop – Wednesday 4th November 1430-1730 run by Professor William James. Students should register with Lucinda.firstname.lastname@example.org by 16th October and then a link and details of the licence will be supplied to them.
Critical Reading of Literature and avoiding plagiarism – Wednesday 18th Nov 1430-1600, Run by Professor Jordan Raff. Students should register with Lucinda.email@example.com by 13th November and a link will be sent.
'Further information about these courses can be found here
The Thriving Researcher contains practical suggestions and links to a wealth of useful resources to support researchers and DPhil students, especially at the current time.
Workshops and events for Research Students and Staff, now available as a web page at https://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/careers-events-researchers/ and via the Researcher landing page (www.careers.ox.ac.uk/researchers) on the main Careers Service website. This page will regularly updated, and researchers are advised to check the page for the most recent version of the schedule.
We would also like to remind researchers that our online programme of bespoke careers support for research students and research staff continues www.careers.ox.ac.uk/researchers/
- Advice pages written for DPhil students and research staff
- More 1:1 advice appointments (by phone)
- Career Design and Development 3-workshop series; Insight into Academia etc; full timetable and booking links here www.careers.ox.ac.uk/careers-events-researchers/
- Inspiring profiles of researcher roles beyond academia via research-careers.org and how to join the team to grow your network
- Oxbridge Early Career Researcher blog earlycareerblog.blogspot.com/ (posts on resilience, transitions, effective CVs and interviewing for academia in particular, and beyond)
Academic English at the Language Centre - the term time courses help international students and staff improve their academic written and spoken communication. They are taught by specialists in Academic English to meet the needs of international students and staff at the University of Oxford.
Visit IT Learning Centre's LinkedIn Learning (previously known as Lynda.com) for a huge range of online video-based courses. It is available to use for free for all University members who have Single Sign On credentials.
Micron Advanced Microscopy - this five day classroom based MSD Skills training course is suitable for all postgraduate research students and postdoctoral early career researchers involved with bright field and fluorescence microscopy. This course runs in Michaelmas term.
Qualitative research made simple - this 3 hour classroom based course for Medical Sciences Division researchers will teach you how to synthesise qualitative research findings. This course is next scheduled to run in Trinity Term.
Simulating data to improve your research - this classroom based MSD Skills training course consists of two hour sessions on two separate days. It is suitable for MSD researchers with basic statistical knowledge wanting to learn how to simulate experimental data and then apply standard statistical tests.
Computational biochemistry - this three day classroom based MSD Skills training course suitable for all postgraduate research students and early career researchers wanting to gain the practical skills needed for effective computational biochemistry.
Electron cryo microscopy in structural biology - This MSD Skills training course runs over five full consecutive days and is suitable for all postgraduate research students and postdoctoral early career researchers using or planning to use cryo-EM. This course runs in Michaelmas Term.
How and why to undertake a systematic review - this half day classroom based MSD Skills course runs in Trinity Term and is suitable for all postgraduate research students (especially recommended for years 1 and 2) and early career researchers wanting to understand the key principles of a systematic review and the basic principles of meta-analysis.
Scientific computing in MATLAB - this six week online MSD Skills training course runs in Trinity Term is suitable for all postgraduate research students and early career researchers wanting to understand MATLAB programming language, and its use in data analysis. numerical calculus, linear algebra and the solution of ODEs.
X-Ray Crystallography - this five day computing lab and classroom based MSD Skills training course runs in Trinity Term and is suitable for all postgraduate research students and early career researchers wanting to understand the theory underpinning crystallographic methods and apply these to their own research.