College of Science Doctoral Training Center fosters
adventurous, ambitious researchers who want to work with
impact and purpose.
One of our goals is to foster a growing, vibrant community
of PhD students across the College.
This community is a key dynamic in our drive to
be the most creative place to carry out science globally.
The DTC and Seminar series provides a competitive advantage
to our PhD researchers, preparing them for industry and
academe that increasingly seeks out "T" shaped thinkers:
deeply skilled in a discipline/set of methods who can
also connect broadly with others.
Every Science researcher is invited to take part in
the seminar and program of activities organized by
the CoS DTC.
All Science students funded by the Science DTC are
required to enrol in the program.
Students undertaking research training within the College
of Science, are expected to join the DTC as an associate member.
The details of the program will be shaped over the forthcoming
The Seminar Series:
Writing a PhD is difficult.
And those that are just starting a PhD in science have not usually
acquired all of the key skills necessary for completion since they
are not normally taught as part of an undergraduate curriculum.
For example, how does a researcher navigate through the vast
amounts of previously published literature related to their topic?
Furthermore, for some, this may be their first time working on a
larger, long-term project.
Developing a large project requires more knowledge than
implementing a small one.
The CoS DTC seminar series presents some of the essential skills
that a PhD candidate in science acquires during their study
including: reading and writing research papers,
visual data analysis, using specialized software, and more.
[13 October 2016]
Introduction to the CoS DTC Seminar Series and Making the Most of Any Meeting: Especially Scientific Ones
[10 November 2016]
How To Read a Scientific Research Paper:
Extracting the Essentials
[8 December 2016]
How To Conduct a Scientific Literature Survey:
A Starting Point
[9 February 2017]
How To Structure and Write a Scientific Research Paper:
A Starting Point
[9 March 2017]
Visual Data Analysis and Visualization in Science
[11 May 2017]
Interactive Visual Data Analysis and Visualization: In Practice
[8 June 2017]
Using Video Media to Promote Science (Imovie + YouTube)
Other candidate training seminar topics include:
Interdisciplinary thinking and methods
Responsible Innovation and Inquiry (as defined,
for example by the EPSRC)
Public Engagement and Impact
Enterprise and entrepreneurism
Funding your research
Research-led student engagement
The current program of seminars is still work-in-progress.
If you would like to see a specific seminar topic covered,
please let us know.
Related Postgraduate Skills Training at Swansea University
There are numerous training and related activities happening
at Swansea University. Here are some of them.
BIOM25B-Science Skills and Research Methods
For BioScience and Geography Students, topics include:
Library and internet resources including WoS, Voyager,
Philosophy of science, Experimental design,
Ethical issues in science,
Databases and spreadsheets,
Presentation skills (Powerpoint and graphics packages),
Data analysis with R,