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Your Postgraduate Research Framework


Welcome to this training and development portal for doctoral students.

The sessions found here may also benefit research assistants, post-doctoral researchers and academic research staff.

You can search for training opportunities here. Browse by:

  • accredited or non-accredited sessions
  • theme
  • alphabetical list
  • faculty or service provider.

You can also find links to:


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What is the PGR Framework?

The University's flexible, inclusive and unique Postgraduate Research Framework takes a collaborative whole-institution approach to training and development for doctoral students. All faculties and professional services* have come together to provide you with a range of opportunities to extend your skills to help you to succeed in your research. It is designed to enhance your prospects for employment and help you develop into an ethical, rigorous independent researcher. You can opt to take accredited research training (in the form of modules) or you can access a number of unaccredited sessions designed to help researchers improve their research and professional skills. Other Master's level modules that are of topical relevance to your research can also be taken. You can even take modules as a bespoke academic programme that, with an added dissertation component, can lead to the award of an MRES before continuing your doctoral studies.

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) from Vitae outlines the skills the University aims to help you to develop, both through training and the expert education offered by supervisors within your faculty. 

For more information contact the PGR Admin team

*IT Services do not currently offer any training for doctoral students but you may wish to make use of their IT Advice drop-ins. 

Who is the training for?

Training opportunities are intended primarily for postgraduate research students (full or part-time). However, most of the sessions are open to all members of the University of Bradford research community: research assistants and contract research staff, post-doctoral researchers, other academic staff and any other graduate-level colleagues wishing to broaden their research background, or pick up specific research skills. Any necessary exceptions to this will be communicated by the service provider, e.g. PGR students cannot access training intended for academic staff in management positions.

How do I book or enrol?

If you wish to attend any of the training and development opportunities, you will find links to the various sessions for booking. In the case of accredited training offered as modules, you make your request via your faculty PGR administrator


Your Training Needs Analysis

Within the first two weeks of starting your doctoral programme, and normally as part of your induction, you will meet with your supervisors to discuss training needs and complete an agreed Training Needs Analysis form TNA. The TNA form covers areas such as skills required to become an effective researcher, research and career skills, subject specific advanced training and skills, etc. The form completed by you and your supervisors will

  • state each student’s training needs and how those will be met.
  • record accredited training the Research Methods Modules outlined here which are‌ provided by all Faculties
  • identify subject specific modules provided by a students’ own Faculty that relates to their own field of study and research topic
  • be reviewed at regular intervals, normally every six months, and at least once a year.

You do not usually have to undertake all your research training in a single year but you can plan, with your supervisors, a schedule of training throughout your research programme. In this way you can meet your training needs at the appropriate times. Look at the RDF and discuss with your supervisors which elements are necessary for you. Remember - your doctoral experience is about becoming a competent scholarly professional, in addition to demonstrating expertise within your chosen field or subject.

You may not need training in all the elements as your previous work and study may have equipped you with many of these skills already. Do consider, however, if you need to be updated on any existing skills, as previous experience may not have brought you to the standard you need at postgraduate level.