Our Training Programme is delivered primarily over the first two terms. Courses are divided into two categories: Core which is compulsory and Advanced which is optional.
Term 1 is Core and all students attend the full-time programme mainly dedicated to hard skills such as Programming, Maths & Statistics. For those with advanced maths skills there is the option to choose between further quantitative methods training, or to obtain a grounding in Biology. In addition to these topics, we provide weekly sessions to help you communicate your science effectively. This covers areas such as writing style; preparing abstracts, manuscripts, figures and tables; planning and proofreading; designing posters and slides; and oral presentations. These not only balance out the more intensive quantitative courses providing a change of pace and focus, but they also prepare you for term 2. Term 1 finishes with three introductory days in the Earth System course which is picked up again at the start of term 2 and this marks the transation to the more NERC-focussed portion of the course. Here you will learn about the breadth of environmental research being carried out at Oxford in the context of how the earth operates as a cohesive system. You will get a clearer idea of where you fit into the broader picture of environmental research, and will discover research methods used in other streams, which may be applicable to your own research. The aim of this course is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration.
Core Courses in Term 1
Effective Scientific Communication
The Earth System
Graduate Research Seminars
Term 2 will continue your professional skills development by helping to give you the foundations for your D.Phil, in a course that explores what makes a good D.Phil thesis, how to manage the student-supervisor relationship and gives you some strategies to submit on time. There will be proposal writing workshops, bibliographic training and demonstrator training which will allow you to earn some additional income by supporting other students in their learning. In addition to these we offer some courses in research methods which apply across all streams, and a week of enterprise training as part of which you will participate in a partner-led Industrial sandpit. Here you will work directly with industry to explore a range of real-world problems of direct relevance to them and see how your research can be applied to find solutions to them. These elements also belong to the Core training programme, but the Advanced training courses which are optional also begin during term 2. You will also be able to attend the Life Skills course offered by the Chemistry in Cells CDT which is part of the DTC and this too is optional.
Core Courses in Term 2
The Earth System
Foundations for a Good D.Phil
Introduction to Enterprise
BIPOC Voices in Environmental Research
In term 3 you will host a series of Grand Challenges seminars, for which you will have been preparing since term 1. You will also submit your project proposals and transfer out into your departments where you will take over responsibility for your further training by selecting courses which apply directly to your own research needs. Your RTSG (Research and Training Support Grant) will provide funding to enable you to access training from a wide variety of sources outside the University and in this way you can help create your own tailored training programme.
Advanced Courses Term 2 onwards
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
AI and the Environment
Smart Modelling Strategies
and others to be confirmed
In addition to Advanced courses offered by the DTP, you can also participate in courses offered by other departments, societies and partners and these will also count towards your minimum training requirement of 6 advanced courses during your D.Phil project.