Foundation Researcher Training

The DTP aims to provide students with a range of foundation courses aimed at earth and environmental scientists at the beginning of their careers.  The courses aim to equip DTP students from across all the NERC disciplines with not only the technical skills they require to complete their research but also a firm grounding in how their research impacts in the wider world.

DTP Foundation Researcher courses are aimed at all students or students from either the 2nd, 3rd or 4th years only.  For courses aimed at students from all years, priority is given to students in the first year.

For all years:
For 2nd, 3rd & 4th years:


Students should register on the course via the course webpage above and DTP students (including iCASE students) will be given priority for registration until the registration deadline. Only DTP and iCASE students can register via our registration system. Should spaces still be available following the registration deadline, the DTP will open the course to non-DTP funded students within the GW4+ institutions and to other national NERC DTP students and these applications should be made directly to the DTP Hub following an invitation by the DTP. Places on the courses are offered on a first come, first served basis and places on courses are limited and we may not be able to offer places to all those who register. 


As DTP organised courses, students funded through the DTP are not charged for the courses, however, course fees do apply for students not directly funded by the DTP (iCASE, Marie Curie, other NERC DTPs, other Research Council DTP students).  Course participants will be provided with detailed course information (including venue and timings, accompanying course handbooks and other course materials) two weeks before the course.  Students are expected to bring a laptop to the training and where this is not possible they should inform the DTP Hub beforehand at


Students are asked to complete a training needs analysis at the start of the academic year which the DTP Hub uses to develop its portfolio of foundation researcher training.
Students also have the opportunity to access skills training within their own institutions and courses delivered at other GW4 universities at no cost and subject to availability.  A full list of training available at each of the respective universities and institutional contacts can be found below:



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