Current guidelines Current guidelines


After completing your PPD development plan for the year, please book your place on a course with the Graduate School Office during the first 4 weeks of your registration. A timetable is available to download from the website and through the Blackboard PPD site:

For full details of each module, students should search through the Personal and Professional Development Module Catalogue by module code, keyword, Faculty, topic, stage of research RDF sub-domain or date.

PPD Online Directory


Enrolment on PPD sessions is a separate process through the Student Portal (e:Vision). Because this programme is provided by academic staff members who agree to take part as an addition to their existing teaching load, we would ask you to make sure that you attend all the courses and seminars you sign up for unless cancellation is unavoidable. Attendance registers will be taken at all formal sessions and will be used to update your training record, which will be available to your supervisor and PGR director.

Enrolment Guidance

CHASE students who would like to attend certain PPD sessions, should email Dr Matthew Sillence ( in the first instance to check availability.


Funding for Training Activities

The Faculty offers funding for student-led training activities and conference attendance to all postgraduate research students in the Faculty. For further details, see the Grant Scheme section of the website.

Inter-Faculty Training

As well as training activities for postgraduate research students within your own Faculty, you can also attend training hosted by other Faculties across the University. Details are available in the relevant Faculty PPD programmes, accessible by following the links below. These include details of how to book a place.


It may be possible to claim exemption from sections of the programme if you can meet the certain criteria. If you are claiming an exemption you must be able to demonstrate accredited prior learning experience that covers the topic or activity in full. Your claim should also be supported by your supervisor. If you wish to apply for an exemption please contact Postgraduate Research Office (HUM) administrative staff at

Your claim needs to fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • Your previous training or employment is directly relevant to the Researcher Development Statement and Framework and/or the content of the HUM session
  • Your previous training or experience was at a postgraduate level or equivalent
  • You can demonstrate that you have the graduate skills specified in your exemption application
  • Your application has been approved by your supervisor/supervisors
  • Exemptions cannot be granted solely on the basis of holding a master's degree: you need to demonstrate that specific skills were provided by it.