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We offer access to online training developed by Epigeum (part of Oxford University Press) in collaboration with a range of universities.

This programme provides flexible, streamlined and comprehensive training that builds the knowledge and skills essential to becoming a researcher. The suite of online training complements RRDP and other University training.

Individual courses can be completed in bite-sized chunks to fit around you, are accessible through mobile phone as well as computer and give the option to print your own certificate on completion.

There is no limit on the number of times you can complete courses.


Key training topics

  • Principles of research (core theoretical principles that underpin research methods across all disciplines, exploring available methodologies and highlighting opportunities for interdisciplinary approaches and mixed methods)
  • Research methods in practice (dedicated courses for the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities)
  • Managing your research project (project management, planning and problem-solving techniques plus the stages of a research project, stakeholders and milestones)
  • Undertaking a literature review (planning, finding a methodical approach, sourcing literature and reporting and evaluating findings)
  • Intellectual property in the research context
  • Research ethics (from fundamental principles to practical applications of ethics including approvals, confidentiality and consent)
  • Disseminating your research
  • Getting published
  • Conferences, presenting and networking
  • Career planning
  • Academic entrepreneurship



A range of statistical methods training courses is also available to all doctoral students at Reading.

  • Statistical Methods for Research – Biomedical Sciences
  • Statistical Methods for Research – Business
  • Statistical Methods for Research – Engineering and Technology
  • Statistical Methods for Research – Natural Sciences
  • Statistical Methods for Research – Social Sciences


Accessing the training

To access the training you will need to register.

1. You will need an access code or "token" which will be emailed to students at the start of each academic year. If you have not received the token or need a reminder, please email from your University email account.

2. Visit the Epigeum website and click on the user icon (shaped like a person) in the top right corner. Select Register.

3. Complete the registration form. Enter your name as it appears in your University record and register using your University email address. In the Role box please select PhD even if you are undertaking a different kind of doctorate (e.g. EdD). You will need to enter the access code (token) that has been provided.

4. Once registration is complete you will receive an activation email. Click on the link in this to ensure that your account is activated. You can then log in.

Courses are grouped into a number of headings. Click View Courses under each heading for a full view of courses.

To ensure you see only those courses covered by this subscription, always access the courses by clicking on the top right user icon and then My Courses.

For further information: contact Dr Joanna John by emailing