Year 3: Professional Training

Year 3 comprises the following basic elements:

  1. Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) (Strand 4; mandatory)
  2. Residential Student Retreat (Strand 3; mandatory)
  3. Advanced core bioscience skills (Strand 2; optional)


Click on each heading for more details.

Click on the image on the right for an overview of the training calendar 2016-2017 per year cohort.

1 In year 3, you will be undertaking your PIPS, which you will have planned and prepared for in the first two years of your study. For more details, visit the PIPS page here.

The third year is mostly free from other mandatory training events. We will, however, expect you to share your PIPS experiences with your fellow EASTBIO students, if invited, at the PIPS Q&A event (Dundee, 24 February 2017) and the Symposium (Aberdeen, 11-12 June 2017).

2 EASTBIO Residential Student Retreat: Firbush, 17-19 April 2017

For the Retreat Schedule, click here. Further travel information, here and on What to take with you, here.

The EASTBIO Student Retreat 2017 is organised by:

Omar Alfituri (University of Edinburgh)
James Clugston (University of Edinburgh)
Leili Soo (University of Aberdeen)

About the event, in general:

EASTBIO will provide funding and support to student representatives to organise a 3rd-year Student Retreat at the Firbush Point Outdoor Centre, located on the south shore of Loch Tay near Killin. During the retreat, we expect you to discuss your research project, your future career plans and how you will stay in touch with EASTBIO and with each other after you finish your PhD. EASTBIO will provide additional support for these retreats should you decide to invite speakers or run a specific transferable skills workshop. The retreat also gives ample chance to relax and have fun with outdoor activities.

In 2016, the Student Retreat, organised by the third-year student reps, took place from the 1st till the 3rd of February, with a number of outdoors and social activities.

Third year EASTBIO students at the Firbush Centre (1-3 February 2016)