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Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science (PGCTSS)

What is the PGCTSS?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science (PGCTSS) is an accredited qualification designed to enable you:

  • to be a successful doctoral researcher undertaking world leading research
  • to improve your research effectiveness
  • to maximize your talents in your future career
  • to understand what you already know and how to use those skills to maximum effect.

How much does it cost?

Fees are met by the University for all Warwick students and post doctoral researchers in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine. We believe it is a priority for our researchers to be fully equipped with the skills they need to be successful scientists.

Who is it for?

There are two separate courses within the PGCTSS, for PhD students and post doctoral researchers.

Applications are also welcome for the certificate or individual modules from other interested parties (fees may apply).

We currently have over 350 students working to achieve this certificate.


RSSP is the central Research Student Skills Programme. The skills offered by RSSP are more generic courses applicable to all students, rather than science based for Phd and post-docs. However, the two programmes can complement each other quite well.

If, for example, you were struggling with certain aspects of say Doctoral Skills 1, you could find an appropriate RSSP course that could help your understanding.

What do people say?

Everything was superb ... great learning environment indeed

Everything was superb, I especially liked the practical exercise of assessment centre tasks, body language session and talks by former PhD students on different career choices.

All facilitators were very friendly and open to discussions, great learning environment indeed

CH955 Decision Making and Leadership

Challenge yourself in many ways

There were plenty of activities - it was hard work but we were pushed to challenge ourselves in many different ways and maybe discover abilities we didn't think we had
CH954, Science Communciation

The best training I've done

Definitely the best training I have yet done (and I've done a lot...), perfectly pitched, challenging, engaging, fun and I learnt a lot
CH954, Science Communication

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