School of GeoSciences

Teaching Opportunities

The GeoSciences Research Training & Development (RTD), in partnership with the University's Institute for Academic Development, has developed a programme of courses to equip you with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of PhD research.

These courses are closely linked to the key PhD milestones and progress reviews and are strongly recommended.

Generic skills training


  • Research Council funded PhD research students must complete a minimum quota of 10 days generic skills training each year.
  • Other funding bodies require 5 days generic skills training each year.
  • New students should attend the appropriate courses listed in the Induction Programme.
  • All students must attend the Induction Course for Demonstrators and Tutors before carrying out demonstrating or tutoring duties.
  • It may be possible to attend other courses in the University or in the UK.
  • Demonstrating or tutoring duties and many of the Induction courses will count towards the required quota.


In Year 3, Students funded by UK Research Councils have the opportunity to attend national Vitae events free of charge. (Non-Research Council students must pay full costs.) These events can help with personal development, team-working and business methods.

Coding Club

The Coding Club, is a peer-to-peer learning initiative at the School of GeoSciences aiming to develop statistics and programming skills among students and staff.

All workshop materials are online, so people can complete the tutorials from a distance as well as attending their meetings.

Coding Club website 


Research students, with their Supervisor’s agreement, may attend 10 or 20 credit courses from the School’s list of Postgraduate and Postgraduate Research Courses, and also select from 3rd and 4th year undergraduate courses offered by the School (subject to availability and quota restrictions and with the Course Organiser’s agreement).

External activities

Assistance with schools outreach initiatives; staffing international science festivals; NERC internships which provide 3 months’ salary for students in second and third years to work on public policy issues can also contribute to generic skills requirements.

Other courses

Students may find it useful to attend other optional training courses in statistics and data analysis and algorithm development, such as the MATLAB workshop (run in Semester 1 through RTD), and the Getting Started in R course (run by BioSS - Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland).

Research Data MANTRA is an online course designed for PhD students who are planning a research project using digital data. The MANTRA pages also contain software practicals for data handling skills (SPSS, R, ArcGIS, NVivo).



Dr. Isla Myers-Smith

Chancellor's Fellow

School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

113 Crew Building, The King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FF

tel: +44 (0) 131 650 7251


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School of GeoSciences Grant Institute, Room 342 James Hutton Road, the King's Buildings

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Related Links

Institute for Academic Development website