Transferable Skills Programme

Apart from research and intellectual skills, other professional skills and attributes including interpersonal skills, communication skills, and scientific writing are also integral to post-graduate training. The Transferable Skills Programme aims to impart our students with skills that are relevant to both research and future career development beyond their stint at NTU.

College of Science (CoS) Transferable Skills Programme
The CoS Transferable Skills programme is compulsory for full-time PhD students.  Students from AY2016 intake onwards are required to complete 4 core modules (Residential Programme, Information Research and Management, HW8004 Research Communication, Career Preparation) and 3 electives. For more information, please click here

Graduate College Transferable Skills Programme
In addition to the College of Science Transferable Skills programme, the Graduate College Transferable Skills Programme is applicable to full-time and part-time PhD students from AY2019 onwards.
For more information, please click here
Early Stage
0-12 months
Residential Programme

  • Effective Communication
  • Networking
  • Project management
  • Relationship management
  • Stress management
  • Team building
Scholarly Communication and Impact

  • A head start seminar to develop strong foundational knowledge in the scholarly research and publishing environment.
  • Content includes scholarly metrics in publishing, unique researcher identity, open access to research works, and research data management plan.
  • Acquire practical skills to apply this knowledge with confidence to advance your research career.
Mid Stage
9-24 months
HW8004 Research Communication for Graduate Studies
(also a requirement by Graduate College)

  • Conventions of research argumentation
  • Structure of PhD theses
  • Presentation skills in seminars and conferences
For more information on HWG704, click here​.                  
Late stage
24 months onward (Year 3 onwards)  
Any GC-TSS Career Preparation Workshop/Seminar

  • Career Management
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Cover letter & CV Writing
  • ​Interview Skills​​
3-Minute Thesis Symposium ( a requirement by Graduate College)

All PhD students must participate in a 3-minute thesis (3MT) presentation symposium before graduation.