UCL Birkbeck MRC DTP


The UCL Birkbeck MRC DTP offers high quality training to all DTP and iCASE students

We offer the following training courses in addition to the UCL Doctoral Skills Development Programme.


These workshops provide a general overview of how blogs and social media are being used in academia today to network, engage and disseminate research. Workshops will help students begin to build an online profile and presence while their research is still in progress, tap into networks and discussions that relate to their research and develop an understanding of the skills required to make effective use of blogs and social media.

Data Visualisation 

This course is run by the Guardian newspaper. 

Whether you’re working on a presentation, a website or research materials, nothing tells a complex story faster than an infographic. This intensive course gives you everything you need to create memorable static and interactive infographics. You’ll learn how to find data and tailor it to your audience, as well as how to create maximum impact with your design.

Course content

How to find and analyse data, and match it to the needs of your audience

The importance of good visual storytelling

Designing and presenting graphs and charts to maximise their impact and memorability

The evolution of data visualisation, and examples of best practice

How raw data can be turned into striking visual stories, including both flat graphic design (infographics) and interactives

A mix of lectures and workshops in which participants collaborate and create their own visualisations before presenting them back to the group

The next course runs on 21 and 28 January 2022 - current DTP and iCASE students can apply via Moodle.


Podcasting for Researchers

In this highly practical and interactive bespoke course, doctoral students will be gain the knowledge and hands on skills required to set up, launch and run a podcast. After an overview and introduction to podcasting, students will be provided with a template and framework to develop their ideas for the format and content of their own podcast. Working in small groups they will develop plans for a podcast and outline a pilot episode based on that.


The course covers introduction to statistics in the social sciences and health which is taught in pre-recorded lecture format, and a pre-set computer exercise where you will learn to use Stata syntax to interrogate a dataset, undertake management and manipulation of large complex data (such as recode variables, create new variables, and combine several datasets), and conduct simple statistical analyses (t-tests, ANOVA, correlation, chi-square test, and simple linear regression).


Research work in the life sciences is increasingly interdisciplinary and quantitative in nature. SysMIC provides training in these important areas; helping researchers to access new approaches and techniques, and to collaborate effectively across discipline boundaries. The SysMIC training programme was developed with support from the BBSRC and is now run by the University College London. Our comprehensive online materials allow flexible study and are fully supported by expert tutors. Our modules are a key component of several PhD training programmes across the UK, and a recognised means of CPD training for established and senior