Year 2: Advanced Training

Year 2 comprises the following training elements:


Click on each heading above to see more details about each component and options offered. Please check this page regularly for updates on training.

Click on the image on the right to view an overview of the 2016-2017 calendar of training for each cohort and here for a comprehensive table of our training.

Advanced core bioscience skills (optional)

Some of the optional courses under (I) and (II) below aim to build on the skills developed in Year 1 through the foundation masterclasses; such courses are open to Year 2, as well as Year 3 cohorts.

(I) Mathematics and data analysis

  • Advanced Statistics and Error analysis
  • Programming in Python
  • R/Bioconductor and Unix, 4-week course, date TBC (June 2017); for information, email Caroline Proctor.
  • Next-Generational sequencing data analyses and mining
  • NVivo qualitative data analysis

(II) Multidisciplinary approaches to understanding biological systems

  • Synthetic Biology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Chemical Biology
  • Physical Techniques in Chemistry

We are currently updating these details with our partner universities, so do check the page regularly for updates or email EASTBIO if you wish to register your interest in any of the above.

Transferable skills: 2 workshops on Leadership and on Science Communication (mandatory)

1 Leadership – Using an enterprising mind set to get things done
Date: 15 November 2016, 10.00 – 16.00
Venue: Dalhousie Building, Room 1S03, University of Dundee (map link)

Course leader: Dr Mhairi Towler (University of Dundee)

Booking link.

Course description:
This session is designed to give you the tools to maximise the opportunities an EastBIO PhD offers and increase your employability on graduation by developing your transferable skill set. We’ll discuss together what is involved in leading an event and how to sustain the network that you have formed with others from the EastBIO cohort.  We'll explore what leadership qualities you have and how to apply them. A case study of leadership will be exemplified.

By the end of the workshop you will have had the chance to explore:

1. Steps you should take to lead an event
2. How to take an active role among your peers
3. The value of networks and building the EastBIO community, including use of social media tools
4. How to identify and develop your own leadership qualities

Last time the workshop run, our students said...

"It was fun working in groups within our cohort of our own choice and working to design an event. It gave us a chance to chat in a group and get to know each other, while also bouncing ideas off each other and allowing us to fall into the natural roles that we're good at within a team."

"I found particularly interesting the personality test to discover some characteristics of my personality that I didn't acknowledge and I can understand better the role I can play in a work group."

"The idea to aim for an event really helped focus ideas and made it good fun to discuss with fellow eastbio students. It helped introduce me to students I had not previously met at other eastbio events too."

2 Science Communication – Hanging your Science out in Public (mandatory)
Date: 16-17 March 2017; in particular: Thursday 16/3/17, 12:00-17:00, Macrobert Building (MR304)
Friday 17/3/17, 09:00-13:00, Macrobert Building (MR310)
Venue: University of Aberdeen, Macrobert building (no 17 on the map)
Course leaders: Dr Ken Skeldon, Frances Vaughan, Dr Jen Scott (University of Aberdeen)

This is a two-part workshop, starting with training at lunchtime on the 16 March and continuing on the 17 March with an opportunity for participants to practice what they learnt at the British Science Week. See here for a summary.

Overnight accommodation is booked for all EASTBIO students registered for the workshop in Kings Hall on University campus at Old Aberdeen (building 36 on map). Students are asked to make their own travel arrangements to Aberdeen with the aim of arriving in time for a prompt 12:00 start on Thursday the 16 March.

Last time the workshop run, our students said...

"Informal, very approachable presenters"

"The public engagement event for British Science week was very enjoyable"

"I really enjoyed the speed science event. It is always useful to learn about different techniques for improving your ability to engage with the public, but it was incredibly useful to actually put this into practice. I think this was especially useful for those of us (like myself) who have not had much public engagement experience - being 'forced' to have a go has really given me the confidence to sign up for more opportunities like this in the future!"

3 Presentation Skills Workshop for EASTBIO students (Transferable skills training: Strand 3)
This workshop, which is open to both first and second-year students, is optional for second year students (it carries 10 training points but only for first-year students).

The workshop will take place in St Andrews on 8 March 2017, 10:00-16:30. For a summary, please see here.

Email EASTBIO in advance of the workshop if you are unable to attend, to help us with confirming final numbers with the local organiser - otherwise we assume that you will be attending.

Research skills training
As second year students, you will have undergone research training relevant to your research priority area offered in Year 1. We also expect you to attend at least one of the four thematic group meetings delivered in 2016-2017.

Please check here for updates on the thematic training schedule - schedule details will be developed and publicised in mid-October 2016. You will be invited to attend by EASTBIO once all dates are confirmed. Contact EASTBIO for any queries.