Online Learning Resources

Entrepreneurship 8: Sourcing Funding

Most businesses need capital investment at some point: to test and protect concepts early on, or invest for growth later. This online resource provides an overview of a variety of different types of investment available; what stage of a business’ development they may be appropriate for; the consequences of taking the investment. It will equip you with the appropriate language and initial background to become an “intelligent enquirer” when taking the next steps.

On completion of this online course you will be able to

  • Understand what various funding terms such as “bootstrapping”, “debt”, “equity”, “Angel” and “VC investment” mean
  • Engage as an “informed enquirer” in discussions about funding business start-up/growth
  • Appreciate how a founder's stake in a company changes with investment
  • Identify different sources of funding for new enterprises, including local options at Imperial


Please note that this is a learning resource only and does not count towards the professional skills attendance requirement.

Maths and Stats Online Catch Up

This learning resource is for PhD or Master's students who feel they need to brush up on their Maths and Stats. It can also help students who don't have Maths A-level (or the equivalent).

You can work at your own pace through interactive exercises, visualisations, explorations and quizzes, covering algebra, trig, calculus, probability and stats. Consolidation of your understanding is achieved by answering online quizzes; the course will involve about 8-12 hours of study, depending on how fast you work and how much you already know.


Please note that this  is a learning resource only and does not count towards the professional skills attendance requirement.

Online Help Sheets

These help sheets, developed as back-up to professional development workshops and courses, provide general, generic guidance and some tips for getting started.

Writing and Presentation

It is strongly recommended that you read and follow relevant requirements when completing work for submission (whether for your Department or external organisations and conferences). It is also very useful to look at posters designed by staff and students in your Department and to read relevant project proposals, literature reviews, transfer reports, dissertations and theses.

Career Planning

The Career Planning helpsheet provides a brief summary of what is available at Imperial to help you through the stages of career planning.

Postgraduate Careers Planning.Pdf

Video resources for Doctoral students

The following web streamed videos have been created by the Graduate School and Dandylion films to offer advice on presenting and passing your viva. Both videos feature academics who provide advice on common questions and concerns and they also feature enacted examples.

The Graduate School would like to thank all the academics and students who provided help and advice in generating these materials.

Since the video was completed Sally Hancock, who took part in the mock viva, has been awarded her Doctorate.