Development opportunities for postgraduate researchers

Find out how to gain valuable experience and access the many useful resources on offer as a PGR.


More online resources and useful links


The Vitae part-time doctorate webpage and part-time doctorate videos have useful tips and perspectives for part-time PGRs.

Vitae also have resources and support for disabled researchers, which include undertaking a doctorate and career management.

The University subscribes to, which is free for students, PGRs and staff. It provides an online training library of high quality video courses on topics such as those below and many more:

  • SPSS training
  • NVivo training
  • Project management
  • Time management
  • MS Office
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills


FutureLearn is a private company owned by The Open University. They offer free high quality online courses in subjects such as:

  • Language and culture
  • Business and management
  • Science and technology
  • Health and psychology
  • Research integrity


Coursera is based in the USA. Their courses include recorded video lectures and community discussion forums, mainly developed by universities and educational institutions. These courses are not free but there are over 2000 to choose from in a wide variety of specialisms.

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

The NCCPE offers a range of professional development and training opportunities to support the development of high quality engagement work. 

Graham Gibbs

Graham Gibbs (Reader in Social Research Methods at the University of Huddersfield) has a series of useful YouTube videos about social research methods and research design.

Tara Brabazon

Tara Brabazon (Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Cultural Studies at Flinders University, Australia) also has a useful series of YouTube VLOGs about many PGR and research related topics including thesis writing, understanding feedback, research impact, supervisor training and many more.