Years 2 to 4

Students who successfully complete the training element of the course (PACT), will be allocated a research project in April/May of their first year.

During years 2 to 4, you will be focusing on your PhD project. However, your training does not end with PACT and you will attend a series of development courses throughout your PhD. As a result of this form of training, you will finish your PhD with a well-rounded set of transferable skills.

Below is a list of some of the courses/activities we offer.

  • Innovation and Enterprise
  • Agrochemicals
  • Process Chemistry
  • IP and Patent Law
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • CV and Interview Technique
  • Communicating Your Science
  • Publishing your Research
  • Dragon's Den

As well as completing a range of short courses on various areas of chemistry, you will also become trained as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassadors and carry out at least one Outreach activity.

I attended an Innovation and Enterprise course in the first year of my PhD, where I met an intellectual property solicitor and learned from an early stage that I wanted to become a patent attorney. Later on I attended a course at a local patent firm, which allowed me to gain an insight into what a patent attorney does on a day-to-day basis. The wide range of chemistry I was exposed to in the CDT has proved invaluable in my career so far, as we work with clients in a whole host of different fields from pharmaceuticals to catalysis, materials science and biotechnology.

Simon Carobene, now a Trainee Patent Attorney, Greaves Brewster LLP

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