Studying for a DPhil requires an aptitude for original, independent and critical thinking, as well as the ability to write reports, present data, and manage projects. Additionally, working at the interface between the life and physical sciences requires a particularly high degree of flexibility, as the presentation of research can differ greatly depending on context.
The Research Skills programme, which ran throughout the 4 years of the SysBio Doctoral Training Centre, was designed not only to equip students with the necessary skillset to carry out their research at Oxford, but also to provide an opportunity to develop personal transferable skills.
Through a series of lectures and seminars, students were able to improve their competence and confidence as researchers. These qualities are equally important in many non-academic careers.