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Student support and training


Students are allocated an ‘advisory panel’ consisting of a principal supervisor and, in some cases, a secondary supervisor (for example from an industrial partner), and two other members of academic staff from our School, at least one with experience of supervising students who acts as chair of the advisory panel.

Reporting and feedback

Students are required to submit written reports at various stages of their PhD, following which the advisory panel meets with the student to discuss progress and any problems that may have arisen. The chair of the panel summarises the proceedings of the meeting in a report to the Directors of Graduate Studies, Professor David Clayton and Dr Isaac Abrahams.


Training in specific research techniques is provided in the laboratory of the supervisor. Experimental Officers and Academic staff from our School provide more generic aspects of practical and technical research training such as health and safety or statistics.

The School (together with Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry) also runs a programme of seminars on research techniques, intended specifically for research students. Students are expected to attend the parts of the programme that are relevant to them.

In this video we hear about the support offered by from the doctoral college, research collaborations, and social events at Queen Mary for PhD students. PhD student Sai Prakash Maddala, from SBCS, talks about studying in London and the help he received from the careers centre to improve his CV and secure a consultancy position:


Generic and transferable skills

To assist students in developing their skills in areas such as time management, independent working, teamwork, preparing and presenting scientific data you will be required to participate in several events in our School. These are likely to include research project talks in your 1st year, a poster presentation in your 2nd year, and a postgraduate symposium in your 3rd year.

Students will be expected to attend courses organised by the Academic Development team in areas such as:

  • Presentation and writing skills
  • Managing research projects
  • Poster presentation
  • Writing for publication in refereed journals

Students are also encouraged to attend and participate in UK and international conferences and workshops.

Central student services

Queen Mary offers a range of support for students via the Student Service, including advice and counselling, disability and dyslexia, student health service, and careers advice. Further information will be available to students once they have enrolled with us.

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