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ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Social Sciences


Your Training Needs





It may help for you to take a skills analysis set up specifically for postgraduate students within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (


There are many training providers both within the University and externally. To help you select activities, the training has been selected through a skills selection framework.

Skills Selection





Training Needs Analysis (TNA)

The ESRC requires all ESRC-funded students to undertake high-quality core training, including a compulsory foundation in a broad range of social science research methods, basic research skills, and broader capabilities such as communication and leadership skills. They also expect a rigorous annual training needs analysis (TNA) to be undertaken.

Over the next 4-6 weeks you should undertake with your supervisor a detailed Training Needs Analysis (TNA).  This process should work out what Social Science and Personal and Professional Development training your will need.

All information and an example of a TNA form can be found on the University of Cambridge VLE system -  Moodle

Writing your TNA

There are three levels of support when writing your TNA. 

1)     Your ESRC DTP Training Manager and Cambridge Social Sciences Partnership Manager.  You can sign up for one to one sessions, which will be held in the 2nd week of October.

2)     The Cambridge ESRC DTP website.  Below you will see two routes that can help you to identify the various courses available both internally and externally, to select the workshops you think you should attend 

3)     Your Supervisor.  You should ensure your supervisor supports you in putting this form together properly so that it can act as a ‘blue print’ for your first year training.

Once you have completed the TNA you should upload using Moodle. 

Please note that this does not replace existing processes in your department and you should still follow your individual departmental guidelines regarding the approval of Training Needs Analyses.