Transferable Skills Programme for PhD students

​At the College of Science (CoS), we believe that apart from research and intellectual skills, interpersonal skills, communication skills and other professional skills and attributes are also integral to post-graduate training. The Transferable Skills Programme aims to impart our students skills that are relevant to both research and to career beyond their stint at NTU.

Components of the Transferable Skills Programme

Students from AY2015 intake are to complete 3 Core modules (Residential Programme, HWG704, Career Preparation) and 4 electives.

Students from AY2016 intake onwards are to complete 4 Core modules (Residential Programme, Information Research and Management, HWG704, Career Preparation) and 3 electives.



Students to choose any 4 (for AY2015 intake students), or 3 (for AY2016 intake students onwards) electives,  no specific timeline

Early Stage


Residential Programme

  • Effective Communication
  • Networking
  • Project management
  • Relationship management
  • Stress management
  • Team building

Information Research and Management

  • Strong foundational knowledge of current resources, tools, methods, and practices in undertaking research in a digital environment.
  • Smallgroup discussions, polls, and encourages interaction amongst students.​
  • Maximise Your Skills For Success in Your Academic Career
  • Maximise Your Skills For Success in Your Non-Academic Career
  • Developing Leadership Skills
  • Effective Communication (Networking and Interviews)
  • Communicating Your Research to a Wider Audience
  • Creative Thinking for Doctoral Researchers
  • Critical Thinking for Doctoral Researchers
  • Unlock Your Presentation Potential
  • Emotional Intelligence Workshop
  • Academic Writing With Endnote

Mid Stage

9-24 months

HWG704 Research Communication for Graduate Studies

  • Scientific communication
  • Introductions and signposting
  • From introduction to literature review
  • Research proposals and citations
  • Research Presentation
  • Conclusions and summaries

Late stage

months onward (Year 3 onwards)

Career Preparation Workshop

  • Career Management
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Cover letter & CV Writing
  • Interview Skills


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Is it compulsory?
    YES. From AY2015/16, this programme is a compulsory requirement for all full-time PhD students. All other graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of the programme as well.
  2. How do I register for the courses?
    Regular email circulars will be sent to students informing them of upcoming courses. Links for course registration will be provided in those emails. Registration for HWG704 is to be done via Graduate Course Registration System,
    Except for HWG704, registration for courses under this programme is currently not offered via the Student Link’s Course Registration System.
  3. Is there additional fee involved?
    No. This programme will be provided without additional cost to students.
  4. Will I be graded for the courses in this programme? Do I get Academic Unit (AU) credit for the course modules?
    No. Some courses may require group work and presentation. However, there will be no formal classroom assessments. No AU will be assigned to the courses in this programme.
  5. I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree. Can I participate in this programme or take some of the courses offered?
    YES. This programme is open to all College of Science Graduate Students. Registration of courses would be based on availability.