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PGCTSS for Post Doctoral Researchers


Important information for Chemists, Biologists and Physicists

The Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science for Postdoctoral Researchers has been accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Physics. Our program maps onto Chartered Chemist, Chartered Biologist and Chartered Physicist status. You can find all the relevant information here.

About the certificate/award

Being a postdoctoral researcher is an exciting but disconcerting time as you have to work a lot of it out yourself. We have created a tool to develop the skills you need for the next step in your career.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science for Postdoctoral Researchers (course code: F1PH) is a 60 CATS certificate composed of a number of modules to help you gain core skills for a career in science.

The Postgraduate Award in Transferable Skills in Science for Postdoctoral Researchers (course code: F1PJ) is a shorter version if you have less time.

Both certificate and award are very flexible. The Course Structure and Information is a summary of what is available.

Register interest and we can alert you to upcoming events! Registering interest means you want to find out more and you may even start working on the Award or Certificate without formally registering. We do encourage you to register properly as it helps provide a structure for you to develop your career.

Module detail

CH959 (the main module) is one you work on with your mentor in your own time and pace. There are some special modules targetted at postdocs and you can do any of the optional modules designed for PhD students.


  • Increasing research effectiveness
  • Preparation for future roles as senior scientists and team leaders
  • Developing skills for the responsibility and leadership of postdoctoral research and exploring these skills in a variety of settings


  • Research has to be the first priority for our researchers and time is at a premium.
  • So the modules have been designed to be embedded within normal postdoctoral activities.

Integrated programme

  • The award logs the work that researchers would do anyway.
  • Plus the extra skills and wider perspective that employers are looking for, in academia and in other sectors.
  • No examinations. The work is assessed by a number of short assignments.


  • The course works best when tailored to your individual needs.
  • Applicants should contact Dr Daniel Franklin or Louise Hockenhull before registering.
  • You can do either the Award or the Certificate.


  • A key aspect of the certificate is to create a formal structure to a mentoring relationship either with your supervisor or another academic.
  • Your supervisor can provide advice on choosing a suitable mentor.


  • You can start work any time using the downloadable materials.
  • Also formally register. To register please complete the pre-registration form
  • Your details will be added to the PGCTSS Database.