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Postgraduate Training Scheme

About the Postgraduate Training Scheme

If you are a PhD or MSc by Thesis student, you will be automatically enrolled in the Hull York Medical School Postgraduate Researcher Development (PRD) Scheme.

If you wish to be eligible for the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Research Training, with the agreement of your supervisor and TAP, you may choose to enrol in our Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) to fulfil your PRD requirements.

The PGTS is a formal programme that consists of structured and accredited level 7 modules, relating both to your specialist field of study and to generic/transferable skills. The PGTS is fully transferable to, and will automatically fulfil, the requirements of the PRD scheme.

Students and researchers in the Academy of Primary Care
Health Professions Education students

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

Two modules are compulsory:

  • Modern Researcher 1 - if you are a PhD student you need to complete this module. If you are an MSc by Thesis student you only need to complete the Research Integrity training part of that module.
  • At least one oral presentation at a formal internal or external conference

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