Conducting a research degree at the University of Edinburgh could be one of the best experiences of your life. What you gain along the way will serve you for the rest of life, if only to make you a more confident and knowledgeable person. In addition to gaining research skills, making friends, meeting eminent researchers and being part of the research community, a research degree will help you to develop invaluable transferable skills which you can apply to academic life or a variety of professions outside of academia:
A postgraduate degree in chemistry can lead to a career in the chemical science industries, in academic teaching/research or in a host of other careers that use the transferable and critical thinking skills you will acquire. Scotland and the UK boast a vibrant Chemical Sciences sector and you can see examples of the depth and diversity on the Chemical Sciences Scotland webpage. The Royal Society of Chemistry also provides useful careers advice and information. You can also see some example profiles of our own recent doctoral graduates.
To achieve these goals, the School has a well-developed training policy for postgraduate students. Many sources of training are available including courses at School, College and University level. As a University of Edinburgh research student, you will also have access to one of the best and most active transferable skills training units, the Institute for Academic Development (IAD).
IAD courses are available to all our PhD students and provide them the chance to expand their abilities in a number of key areas. By developing skills in IT, communication, project planning and career management our students can graduate with all the skills required to stand out to potential employers.
The School of Chemistry aims to provide the best scientific training for each postgraduate student. To this end a supervisor is expected to:
The School and the University provide a range of additional training opportunities including postgraduate lectures on themes such as NMR, X-ray crystallography, synthesis and others. Safety is of paramount importance and students are given extensive training to raise awareness of safety in the lab.
Training opportunities within the School, both mandatory and optional, include: