Graduate research training


Biological Sciences offers a series of lectures or modules on Wednesday afternoons.  Most modules run for about an hour or hour and a half.  Some of the modules have a practical to provide students with hands on experience of subjects such as Bioinformatics and Phylogenetics.

A fairly comprehensive statistical module has been developed for postgraduate students working in life sciences.  This module has proved extremely popular and covers a number of relevant topics giving students a solid background to prepare for data collection and analysis.

All students have opportunities to participate in undergraduate teaching through demonstrating in practicals or giving tutorials to small groups of students. The School requires all postgraduates who teach to take a special course run by the Graduate School of Education.

The Graduate School has developed some workshops in association with Career Service to address the development of transferable skills such as time management, effective communication skills and others.   We have also developed Personal Development Plans tailored to students in Biological Sciences with the aim of improving a students ability to understand what and how they are learning, reviewing, planning and taking responsibility for their own learning.

Postgraduate students in Biological Sciences also have the opportunity of training on Public Engagement, which is one of the strengths of our School.  With the support of the Centre for Public Engagement students can choose from a wide range of opportunities such as the Festival of Nature, Bioblitz, School outreach and others.