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innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry: International Theme

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.

A unique aspect of the iDTC is its focus on supporting international students.  It is primarily aimed at those from outside the European Union.  However, European students and their supervisors may also feel that particular aspects of the training offered in this package are beneficial to them and they are very welcome to participate in those aspects.  The international theme is designed to address the specific needs of all overseas research students and is available across all areas of Chemistry.

Training packages in this theme are closely associated with supporting language and communication skills as well as fundamental chemistry knowledge.

All non-native English speakers will benefit from our dedicated English for Chemists course delivered in the Chemistry Department by the Writing and Language Skills Centre. The course is delivered via eight 2-hour sessions in the Autumn Term.  The first 4 sessions focus on oral communication and include pronunciation and presentation skills, providing you with the opportunity to practice presenting to a small group on a topic that is familiar to you within a supportive environment.  This should help develop your confidence to present your work to your research group and wider audiences later in your research degree.

The second half of the English for Chemists course will allow you to develop your scientific writing skills, and will provide you with examples of the style of writing expected from you in your 6-monthly reports for your Thesis Advisory Panel and ultimately, your thesis.  It will also point out some of the common errors to avoid when presenting your written work to a formal audience.

You will also be given access to final year undergraduate Chemistry lectures via our online ‘Virtual learning Environment’ (VLE), recorded using 'lecture capture' software.  This will enable you to refresh your knowledge in particular key areas of your research, and access material in areas you have not previously studied.  Your supervisor will help you to identify the courses that are most relevant to you and your research degree.

All research students participate in Chemistry’s comprehensive Graduate Teaching Assistant training programme, which supports your development of a range of communication and mentoring skills, which will enable you to undertake paid work in the Department during your degree.  It will also benefit you following completion of your degree when you are seeking employment.  Included in the course is dedicated training for non-native English speakers.