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Programme overview and how to apply

  • Programme Duration: 8 weeks
  • Start Date: 8th July 2013
  • End Date: 30th August 2013
  • Award: Postgraduate Award in ‘Scientific Research and Communication’ (20 CATS)
  • Director: Professor Alison Rodger, Director MOAC (Molecular Organisation and Assembly in Cells) Doctoral Training Centre.

Successful completion of university-level research requires that a student has made a ‘substantial contribution to knowledge’ and that they have communicated this to the scientific community. There are many aspects to undertaking original research including a student’s own ability to think and to be creative. In addition, a student needs to have a range of skills that will enable them to use their intrinsic academic ability and scientific creativity to produce world class research. Some of the skills are technical, e.g. how to use a particular piece of equipment to collect data, but many of them transcend the details of a particular project. This programme is designed to help students gain those transferable research skills.

There will be four main learning outcomes of the PG Award:

  • Understanding the scientific background to a research area
  • Planning a project
  • Presenting your work
  • Working with colleagues

The first four–five weeks (module ET984: Scientific English Language Skills) of the programme is delivered by the Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and focuses on English for specific purposes as well as study skills such as searching for information, synthesising source texts and referencing.

The second three–four weeks of the programme (module CH956: Scientific Research Skills 1) will be delivered by the MOAC Doctoral Training Centre and will focus on training you in transferable scientific research skills as outlined above.

Students will have a unique opportunity to shadow current postdoctoral researchers or senior postgraduate researchers from departments across the Faculties of Science and Medicine.

Entry Criteria

Applicants should have a minimum of three years of a bachelors degree in a science related subject from a recognised institution, have English as a second language, and have an English Language Certificate that reaches the minimum University band A requirements.


The cost of taking the Postgraduate Award in Scientific Research and Communication are as follows:

  • £2,500 fees
  • Additional Costs that you would need to pay for on top of this fee are accommodation and living costs
  • Some cultural activites and excursions are included in the £2,500 fee

Visa requirements

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Accommodation will be provided in our superb on-campus facilities. Once you have been accepted to the programme, you will be contacted to arrange accommodation. For more information, please click here.

Cultural Programme

An extensive cultural programme of excursions and visits will be facilitated alongside students from the summer presessional English language programmes.