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IOE Doctoral Skills: Home

Information on Skills Development for IOE Doctoral Students


This guide provides useful links, information and support available to doctoral students at the UCL Institute of Education.  Click on the tabs above to navigate through this LibGuide. 



MPhil/PhD students are expected to accrue 20 points per year or 60 points over 3 years or 80 points over 4 years from all the courses offered on the Research Training Programme, the programmes offered by UCL Doctoral School and/or other development activities that you undertake. These points should be logged on the Research Log

EdD students are not expected to accrue points in the first year of their programme. EdD students should begin to use the Research Log from the second year. Please set your log start date to begin in the second year of your programme (see the mapped milestones for the EdD programme for guidance).

Instructions on how to log your training on the Research Log are included in this guide. 


You can view the training available via the Centre for Doctoral Education at the IOE  - this is the Research Training Programme or RTP.  The link takes you to Moodle which is the Virtual Learning Environment or VLE. 

You will need your network username and password to access Moodle.  On this site, you will find descriptions to the course and the reading lists or resources required.

Please make sure you log your training on your research log. Instructions for logging RTP courses on the research log are available here.

You can book the courses on the RTP from the link above.  An administrator will send you an email to let you know when the bookings open.

The Academic Writing Centre provides support for IOE students in the form of short courses (face to face and online), one-to-one tutorials (face to face, Skype or phone), online discussion forums, and online resources. Classes and resources are specifically designed to support postgraduate writing in educational studies. 

There is advice on formatting your thesis on Chapter 5 of UCL's Research Degrees Framework site.

The 'Academic Phrasebank' by Manchester University is also a useful resource, as are the tweets by @ThompsonPat. And if you want to know how experts write, see 'Writers on Writing'.

Additional training is available via the DocSkills programme from UCL's Doctoral Schools. Click on the link below to access the programme. DocSkills sends out a regular newsletter alerting you to new courses on offer or when booking for the term opens.

UCL Doctoral School Training Programme

You are expected to log your training on the UCL Research Log at UCL Research Student Log.

Step-by-step instructions on how to log your training are available on this guide. 

There are a number of courses available on using the IT at UCL. You can find out more about these at:

Additionally, some software can be freely downloaded from the UCL Software Database.

The Research IT Services (RITS) department develops, delivers and operates services to assist UCL researchers in meeting their objectives at each stage of the research lifecycle. You can find out more about how RITS help UCL researchers here as well as access the user guides.

If you are not sure which of our services you need, or you have a general query related to research IT, email and we'll do our best to help you find a solution to your problem.

You can also contact our teams directly for help and advice with these services:


It is important that you understand UK Law regarding data protection. This is particularly important for sensitive data that you will need to clear with the ethics committee.  It is therefore important that you undertake training on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) ,which is available online, before you submit your ethics clearance form.

Centre for Doctoral Education at the IOE

Image of students discussing the pros and cons of using social media on the Library's 'Information and Literature Searching Course'

Doctoral students at the Institute of Education discussing the merits of using social media in the Information and Digital Literacies course. For more information, visit the Information and Digital Literacies Course LibGuide