The Innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry (iDTC) programme offers the advantages of a cohort-based postgraduate experience to all PhD, MPhil and MSc by research students studying Chemistry at York*. The latest innovations in graduate training are offered to all of our postgraduate research students to support the development of scientific, transferable and employability skills, enhance the research output of each student, and meet the needs of employers. Core skills training is complemented by specialised theme-specific training offered in key research areas.
Another unique aspect of the iDTC is its focus on supporting international students, which is primarily aimed at those from outside the EU. However, European students and their supervisors may also feel that particular aspects of the training offered in this package are beneficial to them. The international theme is designed to address the specific needs of overseas students and is available across all scientific themes. Training packages in this theme are closely associated with supporting language and communication skills as well as fundamental chemistry knowledge. Tailored courses are delivered in the Chemistry Department by the Writing and Language Skills Centre on pronunciation, presentation skills and scientific writing. The Department also offers sessions on report writing and provides access to appropriate lecture material using 'lecture capture' software.
Integration and collaboration between research groups is fostered through shared training experiences. Additionally, all new research students are appointed a mentor from within the existing research student community. For those new to York, mentors work in the same research area and/or are from the same country or region of the world as the new student. Those who have previously studied at York will be appointed a mentor working in a different but related research area. The mentor partnership is a means to explore options and understand more about working in the Department of Chemistry
* Those students participating in other doctoral training networks may opt in to iDTC activities where equivalent training is not provided elsewhere