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I applied for a PhD as, towards the end of my degree, I became passionate about my Master's research project. I was drawn to the CMRI because of its cohort-based approach and the training it provides in preparation for a career that may be outside of academia. I particularly enjoy having the opportunity to regularly interact with senior academic staff and always find this insightful.

Harry Penketh

Transferrable skills

The topics below are an indicative list of subject areas you can expect to cover based on current teaching. Please note that this is subject to change from year to year.

We organise a one-day 'Excellence at Interviews' course delivered by VOX Coaching. The course covers areas including success on screen, principles of presentaiton and engaging your audience to develop a strong interview and personal leadership style. This will make sure that you are ready to give your best in interview situations.

The LTHE programme introduces the underlying principles and practical methods of effective learning and assessment in higher education, and forms the minimum requirement to teach undergraduates. Students may also undertake Stage 2 later on in the PhD programme.

The University of Exeter's Doctoral College runs a Researcher Development Programme (RDP) that is designed to support you at all stages of your research degree. The programme is organised into five strands:

  • Essentials
  • Careers
  • Data
  • Sharing your research
  • Writing

As well as being organised into strands, their Researcher Develpoment courses are recommended for different stages of your research degree.  These are designed to enable your development and build on your skills holistically throughout your time at Exeter. If you have any enquiries please contact then at  They also have a Doctoral College newsletter and you an find them on Twitter/X @ExeterDoctoral

This two-day course, run by Fistral Training and Consultancy Ltd, provides a comprehensive introduction to the process of managing projects and the tools to assist in planning and tracking progress.

Part of our training programme is learning how to engage the wider public with science and research. This can be achieved through participation at science fairs, in external outreach schemes such as CoachBright or the Brilliant Club, collaborating with local schools to share knowledge and introduce research challenges, or through social media.

This two-day course, delivered by Vox Coaching, will boost your ability to interact with others in a confident, engaging and authentic manner. It will help to ensure that your communication skills match your expertise, whether you’re appearing in-person or on screen. We’re all needing to adapt to remote working and it’s more vital than ever to understand the unique requirements and potential of video calls, distance collaboration and online teamworking.

You’ll gain valuable insights into authentic communication, interpersonal dynamics and how to network confidently. During these lively, interactive sessions, you will explore your natural communication style, strengthen your physical and vocal presence, and discover techniques for speaking so that others want to listen. You will enhance your ability to establish rapport, to win trust and look at how to adapt your style to suit the context while still being yourself – with an added dash of flair.

This one-day workshop is delivered by Spin Up Science. Using examples of local technology start-ups, they will explore how researchers and inventors spot ideas for innovation, and how you know if your research might have some real-world application.