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Postgraduate Training Scheme


About the Postgraduate Training Scheme

If you are a PhD or MSc by Thesis student, your studies include an accredited research training programme – the Hull York Medical School Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS).

The PGTS will support you not only in the success successful completion of your research, but also your development as a lifelong researcher.

This scheme is compulsory for PhD and MSc by Thesis students, and you will automatically be enrolled onto the scheme upon accepting your offer.

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Aims of the Scheme

The aim of the PGTS is to develop your skills as a researcher. These skills include those that are specific to your research project as well as those that are transferable between disciplines and types of employment.

It is widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation for your research degree or future career, whether it be within academia or outside it.

The PGTS is designed to develop both specialist and transferable skills alongside your main research project, and therefore help you in your research career.

Modules and Awards


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

The Medical School’s PGTS provides you with considerable flexibility to choose modules according to your individual training 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 ACP 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.