Improving your Presentations


The ability to verbally present your work clearly and concisely is a crucial skill for a researcher to develop. Presenting at seminars and conferences facilitates reflection on constructive feedback. It also enhances your academic profile and helps you to prepare for the final viva examination (where you will need to orally defend your thesis).

During this session, part of our new series of research skills training sessions, we will discuss various presentation contexts, approaches and techniques for both preparation and delivery. There will also be an opportunity to practice, observe and provide feedback.

Note: students will be expected to prepare a short five-minute presentation in advance of the session.

This session is aimed at external postgraduates who are applying for, or are currently enrolled on, a PhD programme.

Programme details


Students will be expected to prepare a short five-minute presentation in advance of the session.

Key learning outcomes

  • Appreciate different styles of presentation for different academic contexts.
  • Understand the practicalities of effective presenting and the importance of preparation and practice.
  • Build confidence in terms of effective delivery and providing constructive feedback.

About our new series of research skills training sessions

The Graduate School in the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, provides a comprehensive researcher training and development programme which is open to all postgraduate students in the University. The programme consists of networking events, seminars and writing groups alongside a wide range of sessions on generic research skills which apply across different academic disciplines.

In line with our mission and values, our goal is to broaden access to such researcher training by enabling and encouraging participation from those outside the University. To assess interest and demand, we are offering an initial suite of three research skills sessions in March and April 2024, at subsidised fee rates, for which we are inviting external applications. Each session is independent of each other and can be applied for separately, although a fee reduction is available for anyone applying for all three sessions. 

Learn more about the other individual sessions on offer as part of this series:


Sarah Frodsham is Co-Director of the Graduate School and Chair of Ethics at the Department of Continuing Education.

Alistair Beecher is Co-Director of the Graduate School and a history tutor at the Department for Continuing Education.

Digital Certification

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be issued with an official digital badge from the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford. After the course, you will receive an email with a link and instructions on how to download your digital badge. You will be able to add your badge to your email signature and share it on social media if you choose to do so. 


£30 - if attending all 3 training sessions a discount is available.


Successful applicants will be emailed an invoice for the training session fees. 

Learn more about the other individual sessions:



This session is aimed at postgraduate students who are applying for or are currently enrolled on a PhD programme.

Applicants must submit a current CV which will allow the course tutors to assess your suitability for this training session.

To apply for this session, please select the green 'apply' button at the top of this page.

If you wish to apply for all three research skills training sessions at a discounted rate, find out more here.