Training and Development

Training and development opportunities for research students

UCD aims to provide an educational experience that defines international practice, ensuring that research students' training is deep as well as broad. We support our students’ research and professional development by providing training opportunities across a multiplicity of domains.

Transferable Skills

The Transferable Skills programme is a cross-disciplinary programme that enables UCD research students to develop their skills across a multiplicity of domains. The programme comprises five key pillars:


Further training

Further training and development opportunities are available via the following programmes:


Research Ethics at UCD

What is Research Ethics?
All research conducted within UCD or by UCD staff or students that involve humans or animals requires the individual researcher, and/or teams of researchers, to obtain ethical approval or a low risk/exemption from full ethical review. Research should be conducted in line with an approved research ethics application and should adhere to the conditions of that approval.

The Office of Research Ethics in UCD coordinates & supports the work of the UCD research ethics committees. They also provide support, advice and guidance to the UCD community on their submissions for ethical review & any research ethics related matters.


Training FAQ

Registration for modules and workshops is specific to the particular strand.

Career Development Centre Skills Workshops 

Booking a place on the skills workshop is through Careers Connect. There are no credits associated with these workshops.

Discipline-specific modules (i.e. credit-bearing modules delivered by a UCD School)

Details of each Colleges' registration method can be found on their own websites.

Innovation Academy Modules

If you are interested in taking a module offered by the Innovation Academy or would like to find out more, complete the online registration of interest form. There are credit-bearing modules and there will be assessment of the learning outcomes. 

Library/Data Management Workshops 

Register via the Booking Centre. There are no credits associated with these workshops, but if you attend it will be recorded on your transcript.

Structured PhD Workshops 

Register for the Transferable Skills Workshops via the Booking Centre. Further details including dates, times and venues of the workshops are available on the Graduate Studies website. There are no credits associated with these workshops, but if you attend you can obtain a certificate of attendance.


Accrual of relevant skills is important aspect of your research and professional development while carrying out our research programme. To aid you in building a record of the training you have received, the majority of the training you take will be captured on your student record.

Credit-bearing modules will always be recorded on your transcript. Some workshops will offer a certificate of attendance.

Modules: A module is a coherent and self-contained unit of learning, teaching and assessment, which comprises a defined volume of learning activity, expressed in terms of learning outcomes, which are in turn linked to assessment tasks. The volume of educational activity is expressed in hours of student effort, which is linked directly to the credit value of the module.

Credit: The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) provides a framework to clarify the relationship between educational activity and credit value. It was developed to facilitate educational mobility for students and interinstitutional cooperation among higher education institutions within the European Union.

In line with national and EU requirements, UCD operates a credit system whereby one ECTS credit corresponds to a norm of 20–30 hours of total student effort. UCD utilises the ECTS credit system, with a strong emphasis on student effort and the achievement of learning outcomes as a mechanism for determining the award of credit. Student effort includes all lecture, tutorial, seminar and laboratory contact hours, all work required on assignments and projects, time spent in independent study or research, time spent revising for and completing assessments, and any additional time and effort expected of a student enrolled to that module.

You will need to ask your supervisor to sign off on any credit-bearing modules that you take. This is to ensure that the training you undertake will underpin your research or contribute to your professional development

The workshops tend to be half-day sessions or less and do not require supervisor sign off.

Students enrolled to any graduate programme at UCD have the opportunity to enrol in a module for audit from within the list of modules offered by the University. A student may audit a module if they wish to attend the module but not gain any credits for the module. This means that they do not receive a grade for the module, but their attendance will be recorded on the student's statement of results, and in some cases a certificate of attendance will be available.

It is very important to update your Graduate School Office if you withdraw from a module in order to keep records up to date. Changes to registration can only be made in the six weeks after commencement of term.