As well as our general courses and resources, the Graduate School provides a range of Cohort Delivery bespoke provision for particular groups of students e.g. block booking a course for an entire MRes/MSc programme or specific group of Doctoral students. We are also able to deliver customised versions of existing short courses.

Different Types of Cohort Delivery

The Graduate School offers four different types of cohort delivery, as listed below. 

Cohort Delivery Widget

Cohort Delivery

Departments can make a request for any of the Graduate School’s existing workshops to be delivered to their cohorts of students.

  • Cohort delivery is subject to tutor availability.
  • There is no charge for cohort delivery except where:
    • Charges for materials apply i.e. Myers Briggs
    • Or where accommodation and subsistence is required i.e. residential or longer course

Cohort Delivery by Request

These are courses which are not part of the Graduate School’s programme, but which are available to cohorts, by request only.

There is no charge for these courses except where:

  • Charges for materials apply i.e. Myers Briggs
  • Or where accommodation and subsistence is required i.e. residential or longer courses

A sample of some of the courses which can be delivered on request are as follows,

  • Understanding Yourself & Others: Introduction to Unconscious Bias
  • Maximising Your Management Skills: Experimental Design
  • Global Postgraduate Retreat: Engaging with Health Policy [Retreat]
  • Postgraduate Well-being: Help your Peers
  • Developing and Producing your Research: Grant Applications
  • Developing and Producing your Research: Understanding Manuscript Review Process
  • PhDs supervising Undergraduate and Master’s Projects - Q&A session

For further information, please email Mrs Laura Lane.

Bespoke Delivery

These courses are not part of the Graduate School’s programme of professional skills.

  • Bespoke courses require substantial development work or are new material.
  • A standard fee of £1000 per workshop applies to bespoke delivery (normally up to one full day of training)
  • There may be additional charges applied for example course materials, or where accommodation or subsistence are required
  • Bespoke course delivery will be fully costed for Departments before course delivery.

Block Booking

Course organisers and administrators are able to reserve a certain number of places on many of the courses from the existing timetabled Professional Skills and MasterClass programme. Booking for these courses will be open to all, but a certain number of places will be reserved for your students. Block booked sessions may be arranged throughout the year (please see further details below).

*Please note that you may need to make alternative arrangements if class size prohibits block booking.

How to Request Cohort Delivery

To book cohort delivery for a particular cohort, please complete the appropriate online form. In order to ensure that your requirements are met, it is imperative that the Postgraduate Development Unit (PDU) understands the objectives and the intended learning outcomes, as well as having some background about the cohort of students in question. Please ensure that you include as much detail as possible on the application form. It should be noted that cohort delivery will be arranged subject to availability and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Booking Forms

You will receive email confirmation that your application has been received. The Graduate School will be in touch once your request has been considered.


To ensure that the Graduate School are able to manage and organise these sessions effectively, bookings for bespoke, cohort delivery, cohort by request can only be made during certain times of the year. Bookings for the 2020/21 academic session will open and close during the following time periods,

  • 20th April - 20th June 2020
  • 25th November - 11th December 2020

Please note that block bookings can be made at any time throughout the year.

Student Attendance at Graduate School Courses

From 1st of October 2020, Master's students (taught and MRes), will be able to access doctoral level workshops via the cohort delivery programme.   Master’s students who complete doctoral level courses can carry over course credits, should they continue at Imperial College as PhD students. Please note that not all Doctoral level courses will be suitable for Master’s students; we will confirm whether your request has been processed and approved once the application has been reviewed.

Graduate School Contact

Mrs Laura Lane | t: +44 (0)20 7594 1568 | e:

*Please note that the Graduate School’s programme of professional development courses will run between mid-October and the end of June each year.  No workshops will be delivered in July, August or September.