Supervising doctoral studies - standalone online learning course
Duration Accessible at any time during academic year
Team Researcher Academy

This standalone online course is run by the Researcher Academy

Target audience: university staff involved in research supervision


This course was developed by e-learning company Epigeum,in collaboration with academics worldwide, including the University of Nottingham UK and University of Nottingham Ningbo.

This pilot course can be worked through at your own pace.It provides information, character-based scenarios, and opportunities for reflection on your practice.

Each unit has polling activities to enable you to reflection your supervisory experience and a diagnostic tool to identify the areas of the module that will be most beneficial to you. There is also a portfolio builder  - useful in evidencing development throughout your career.

 Units to choose from

  • Introduction : The doctoral context
  • Attracting and selecting doctoral applicants
  • Approaching Supervision
  • Setting your candidate on the right course
  • Managing progress
  • Expectations and preparing for examination
  • Issues in supervision
  • Continuing your supervisory development
  • Conclusion: Practice scenarios

Each unit concludes with extensive references and resources, which will be further developed for University of Nottingham context, with time.

Each unit has its own set of learning outcomes. For example, by taking the Introduction unit you will;

  • have reflected on your own experiences of supervision
  • have an overview of the wider context of the doctorate, and be reminded of some recent changes in doctoral education
  • be aware of the requirements of relevant external agencies
  • have an overview of supervisory requirements of your own institution and identified key aspects of your role
  • have been introduced to your institution's requirements for a doctoral degree
  • have considered which areas of your supervisory skills need further development through later units of this programme.

Process: This is a standalone (self-study) online course.

This course is delivered entirely online via Moodle and is self-study. You may access the course as often as you like until the end of the academic year.

Please note that there is no assessment and training points are not awarded for this course.

Researchers across all 3 campuses can self-enrol on this course in Moodle by following this link:

Module: Supervising Doctoral Studies (UNUK) (23-24)

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Course open throughout the year
Access Moodle
Engage with online materials
Watch and listen to pre-recorded videos
Complete reflections document/ workbook (optional)
Successfully pass a multiple-choice quiz/ quizzes (to be marked as attended)

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