UCL Human Resources


Doctoral Skills Development Programme

"The UCL Doctoral Skills Development (DSDP) is designed to help doctoral researchers develop skills for research, professional development and employment. The DSDP is mapped to the Researcher Development Framework. You should seek to develop across all sub-domains, depending on your self-assessment, taking advantage of a variety of activities across the programme. Doctoral researchers are expected to spend 10 days every year on skills development." — Professor David Bogle, Pro-Vice-Provost (Doctoral School & ECR Staff)

Begin your skills development journey:

  1. Complete your induction: Research Skills & Professional Development
  2. Develop your understanding of essential skills: Researcher Development Framework (RDF)
  3. Evaluate your skills: Skills Self-Assessment - Research Student Log
  4. Map out your development plan: Course Catalogue (Coming soon)
  5. Book your selected sessions from the course collections below!
Engagement, Influence and Impact Domain

Engagement Influence and Impact

Networking and Collaboration | Presentation and Public Speaking | Entrpreneurship and Enterprise | Research Engagement and Impact | Teaching and Supervision | Writing and Publication 

Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities Domain

Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities

Principles and Tools for Data Collection and Analysis | Principles and Tools for Literature Review | Research Methodologies and Analysis | Tools for Research Communication 

Research Governance and Organisation Domain

Research Governance and Organisation

Copyright | Pillars of Open Science | Research Funding | Research Management

Personal Effectiveness Domain

Personal Effectiveness

Careers Within Academia | Careers Beyond Academia | The PhD Journey | Time Management | Wellbeing and Resilience