No matter where you are in your research career, whether at the very start of your PhD, an established researcher or somewhere in the middle, skills development has a critical part to play in your employability and career development. Whilst your PhD is in itself an outstanding academic qualification, it may not be enough to prepare you for the career you aspire to and the MASTS PG Cert aims to enhance your skills and competencies. When thinking about skills development, it is often helpful to think about dividing development into ‘discipline specific’ and ‘transferrable’ professional skills. Developing both supports you to be a more effective researcher, ultimately improving the quality of your research, and enhancing your employability in many different sectors. Employers in academia and elsewhere recognise and place high value on transferable skills in prospective employees. Your research and professional skills development will have relevance to marine science and technology, giving you broad social, economic and political perspectives, and together with your transferrable skills development, will allow you to take on innovation, leadership and influencing roles across many sectors, in and out with academia.
The MASTS PG Cert provides opportunities to:
You should regularly discuss your training and professional development requirements with your supervisor(s), making them aware of the training you are undertaking and ensuring their support. The MASTS PG Cert team are happy to help with this if needed.
Through discussion with supervisors, MASTS Graduate School and the management team in Strathclyde, MASTS encourages you to create a bespoke development programme that best meets your needs and aspirations, undertaking activities at the right time in your PhD studentship. Your host university may also require that you complete specific training and professional development. The exact details will vary according to your university/department/school or Faculty and information will be available from your university’s graduate school or researcher professional development staff. Please discuss your local opportunities and any mandatory requirements with your supervisor, researcher developer or university graduate school contact. However, engagement in such activities can also be recorded as a contribution to the MASTS PG Cert, provided you meet the assessment criteria and provide appropriate evidence for development of particular skills or competencies.
A number of core activities are organised by MASTS which specifically support the development of competencies and attributes of a professional marine science researcher. These are provided by the MASTS partners and other external organisations and are offered in addition to the professional development for researchers organised by MASTS partner universities. The number of credits allocated to an activity varies depending on the scope of the activity, the level of engagement and evidence of achievement.
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