Project managing your research (moderated online learning course)
Duration 5 days
Training Points 2.0
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is delivered by the Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience: Early and mid stage postgraduate research students (especially off-campus) early career research staff.  

This course is aimed at postgraduate and early career researchers from any discipline who would like to learn more about the principles of project management and how they can be applied to manage their research projects more efficiently and effectively. Project management techniques are now widely used both within and outside the research environment and the ability to apply such techniques represents an increasingly relevant transferable skill.


Please check that you are eligible for this course before you register.



During this course you will be introduced to some of the common ideas and techniques in project management including how to plan a project, schedule task work, monitor progress and manage risks. During the course you will be encouraged to think about which of these skills may be useful in managing your own research project and how these principles could be applied.

Many of you will already be using some of the techniques; though you may not call them project management techniques! The intention of the course is not to overload you with information which might result in the 'over' administration of your doctoral degree or research project. Its aim is to provide techniques which you may want to incorporate into your existing working patterns in order to develop some useful and transferable techniques in managing particular sections of your research.

Aims/ Objectives:

The aim of this course is to help you understand the principles of project management and how they could be applied to your research project(s).

By the end of this course you will:

  • View your research in terms of a 'project'
  • Understand some of the key terms and techniques associated with contemporary research project management
  • Consider organisation, roles and stakeholders in your research project
  • Think through the 'why' and 'how' of planning in your research project
  • Consider 'risk' as a normal but manageable element of your research
  • Understand the concepts associated with managing research project quality


This course is 5 days long and your are expected to attend this course approximately 90 minutes per day at a time of your choosing.


There will be a number of learning exercises delivered through daily discussion forums. Your contributions to the discussion forums are your means of 'assessment' and you should expect to post messages and respond to the posts of others. Guidance will be provided throughout by the course tutor Please log in and post a message to the socialisation forum before the course commences if possible.


UK researchers: to book onto this course in Moodle please see the available dates at the bottom of the page and click on the 'Book' link. More detailed information on how to join the course will be sent to you shortly before the start of the course.

China and Malaysia researchers: to book on this course please make sure that dates are available at the bottom of this page and use this email link: to request a place. Please make sure you add the start date of the course to the email.

Please note: the course topics and discussions will change daily and follow-on from one another. Before registering for the course please ensure that your schedule will allow you to sign-in and post comments daily.

Certificate and training points

Upon successful course completion you will be awarded a certificate and training points.

If you are based at our UK campus, you can view your certificate, training points and course completion details on Central Short Courses (log in and click on 'My Course Bookings'). If you are based at one of our overseas campuses, please contact The Graduate School at your local campus for training point information.

Allow 15 working days from the time you have finished the assessment for your record to be updated.

Booking Conditions

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded.


Accessing the Course 

This session may be recorded. If a recording is kept of the session, then please note, that it may be made available to the wider University of Nottingham researcher community.

To access the course please follow the link below and log into Moodle using your normal username and password. You must use the link below when accessing this course for the first time as it allows you to self-enrol onto the course. Make sure that you log in to the course within two days of the course start date, after this date enrolment is disabled. 

LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Online Course07 June 202107, 08, 09, 10, 11 June 202112:00am - 12:00am0Add to Waiting List