To meet the requirements of the Scheme, you are required to choose modules from a suite offered by Hull York Medical School, the University of Hull and the University of York.
There are two main types of module to choose from:
- Modules that develop specialist skills in your discipline, such as advanced statistics
- Modules that develop transferable skills, such as making presentations
Two modules are compulsory:
- Modern Researcher 1 - if you are a PhD student you need to complete this module. If you are an MSc by Thesis student you only need to complete the Research Integrity training part of that module.
- At least one oral presentation at a formal internal or external conference
The Medical School’s PGTS provides you with considerable flexibility to choose modules according to your individual development needs. By choosing a mixture of these modules, you can put together a programme that is tailored to your individual needs, as agreed with your supervisor and thesis advisory panel. Our Academic Lead for Postgraduate Training can also help with your decision making.
The modules have been informed by the Joint Statement of the UK Research Council's Training Requirements for Research Students, which sets out a range of skills that a student should be able to demonstrate upon completion of a PhD.
The number of credits required are:
- PhD – 60 credits (maximum of 40 APL credits)
- MSc by Thesis – 20 credits (maximum of 10 APL credits)
You may also be able to take accredited modules at other universities, or to include your own accredited prior learning (known as APL credits). You should discuss this with your supervisor. If you apply for accredited prior learning, we will consider whether to approve this.
If you gain 60 credits (40 of which must be from level 7 modules), you will be eligible for a Certificate in Research Training.
Exceptionally, some students will gain 120 credits (90 of which must be from level 7 modules) and be eligible for a Diploma in Research Training. If you would like to work towards the Diploma, you must get the express permission of your supervisor and Thesis Advisory Panel (TAP), after which you should discuss your module choices with the Academic Lead for Postgraduate Training.