Education and Training

The CPRD will deliver postgraduate students, and through undergraduate teaching projects, undergraduate students with the following skill-sets:

  • Training is be given in project planning, use of on-line and library based literature sources, safety assessment and risk assessment of chemical/biological and experimental procedures
  • The multi-disciplinary nature of the projects ensures that the student gains relevant and up to date experience in different areas of organic and inorganic synthesis, analytical methodologies, microbiology and cellular biochemistry, so as to broaden their career prospects. Attendance at national conferences and student colloquia are actively encouraged, and where funding exists, at international conferences. Such attendance is necessary to broaden the student’s knowledge.
  • The students become part of an established research team with projects currently running in closely related areas allowing for the development of their team building and co-operation skills.
  • Students submit minor reports on their progress, on a fortnightly basis and a more extensive report every six months. They also present their results as oral and poster presentations.This may occur as part of Institute research seminar programmes (Annual Science Postgraduate Day) and external conferences such as theInstitutes of Technology Science Colloquium, Cancer Research Ireland, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.Additionally, students will prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-review international scientific journals.
  • The training and monitoring of the student will be an ongoing process with regular meetings with supervisors to enable focused discussion and guidance, a key part of postgraduate training.
  • In addition, the student will also acquire a series of so-called “soft skills” such as problem solving, time-management, and learning to work as part of a team, thus producing a rounded education and training.By the end of the program of research, the student will have reached the standard of training appropriate to the award of an M.Sc./Ph.D.

Research outputs are also included in undergraduate programmes. The impact of CPRD on taught and research educational programmes is best summarized by the flowchart in Figure 4.x.


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