Professional development planning for researchers online course (PDP ROC)

Vitae member content iconProfessional development planning (PDP) is a key component of career progression. This online course, developed for researchers who want to make the most of opportunities and create new ones, covers all stages in the process.

It's suitable for researchers at any career stage and can be used together with institutional provision. It will be particularly useful for those who are:

  • part-time or working alongside home commitments
  • working towards a professional doctorate
  • working at a distance from their institution
  • transnational and international researchers.

You can dip in and out of the different modules of this course, though if PDP is new to you, you may find it better to work though the modules in order.

Introducing PDP for researchers
Module 1

Introducing PDP for researchers

  • Explore the meaning of professional development planning in your own professional area
  • You will be introduced to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF)
Analyse your experience and expertise
Module 2

Analyse your experience and expertise

  • Consider what broader expertise and experiences you are developing through your research activities
  • Carry out an analysis of your own professional experience and expertise
  • Explore your learning preferences
Collect and organise your evidence
Module 3

Collect and organise your evidence

  • You will be encouraged to take a systematic approach to gathering evidence of your achievements
  • Practise communicating evidence of your developing expertise and experience
Select and prioritise areas for further development
Module 4

Select and prioritise areas for further development

  • You will survey the upcoming research activities that you are likely to undertake
  • Identify expertise areas for further development
  • Prioritise your development in the context of broader goals
Plan and achieve your professional development goals
Module 5

Plan and achieve your professional development goals

  • Set development goals
  • Find and select opportunities for development
  • Plan to achieve development goals
Professional Development Planning for Researchers: Your feedback
Module 6

Professional Development Planning for Researchers: Your feedback

Please provide Vitae with formative feedback on the course Professional Development Planning for Researchers.