PhD TrainingBabraham offers a first-class Graduate Training Programme: while the emphasis is on qualifying students for a career in research at international level, careful attention is also paid to transferable skills and career advice so that those few students electing not to stay at the bench can instead use their skills productively. Students are not ‘extra pairs of hands’ to be squeezed into a lab whenever possible, but instead a carefully selected, valued and nurtured addition to academic life at the Institute.
In addition to training given in the laboratory, the Institute offers a wide variety of courses to equip students with a range of transferable skills suited to future job markets. The training courses are continually monitored and updated by the Graduate Committee following student feedback. They consist of a number of compulsory core courses, together with optional training courses individually tailored to the needs of each student.
Courses are given on topics including:
- Scientific writing
- Intellectual property
- Commercial awareness
- Scientific ethics
- Presentation skills
- Time management
- Media training
- A range of IT and information handling courses
- Project Management
- Networking and team working
- Computational skills
- Data handling and reporting techniques
- Mathematical skills
Most of the direct techniques needed for research projects are already available at Babraham or are developed by the students on-site as part of their practical training. Should it be necessary to attend another institution or course, then funding is made available.
Additional complementary training courses are available to our students through the University Graduate School of Life Sciences. The University of Cambridge Careers Service actively encourages postgraduate students to use their excellent facilities that include careers advice and courses on writing CVs and interview techniques. To complement this the Institute organizes seminars on specific careers e.g. Patent Lawyers, Setting up Spin Off companies etc.