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Welcome to the Transferable Skills Training Portal for Post Graduate Students


This skills statement, a key output of the Irish Universities Association Strategic Innovation Fund Fourth Level Ireland project, describes the desired learning outcomes and skills that PhD students may develop during their studies. Students develop these skills through their research and additional taught modules. The development and availability of skills development opportunities must reflect student and discipline needs. Consequently, the skills outlined are not a rigid standard, but rather a guideline, which is fully compatible with the European Universities Association’s Salzburg principles, endorsed by a Higher Education Authority forum in March 2006.

This skills statement aims to:

  1. Communicate to students, supervisors and employers the skills
    and attributes of a PhD graduate.
  2. Aid students, Graduate Schools, Graduate Programmes and other
    advisory committees in establishing students’ skills development needs.
  3. Inform the development of further skills development opportunities for all PhD students.

View the full PhD Graduates' Skills statement in PDF format.