Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development for Marine Science and Technology (MASTS PG Cert)

Enhancing the Personal and Professional Development of the MASTS Researcher Community

Welcome to the new Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development for Marine Science and Technology (MASTS PG Cert), a unique award in the UK. Find out more by clicking on the links below

To view PGCert Induction video click on the image below.

By introducing a training framework in MASTS we are ensuring each student receives a consistent researcher development experience, even though our postgraduate researchers are spread across Scotland. Offering high-quality and flexible training opportunities through a tailored programme specifically for marine scientists differentiates MASTS graduate to future employers, whilst supporting high-quality training relevant to completing your PhD effectively. Ultimately, this will take you one step closer to the career you want, in research and academia or elsewhere.   

The PG Cert RDP MASTS helps you make appropriate choices during your doctoral studentship, with respect to aspects of personal and professional development.  We want to help you develop a wide range of skills whilst also giving you the freedom to explore professional development in a way that suits you.  You will gain a valuable skills during your research programme, beyond the in-depth knowledge and understanding of your research topic. These skills form an important part of your professional development and how you gain them will be as unique as your research.  You can also significantly enhance your professional skills and employability by planning and undertaking specific training, or engaging in other activities, such as conferences, cruises, teaching, internships or voluntary work.  You can learn from everything you do and through reflective analysis of experiences and activities undertaken during the programme, the PG Cert RDP MASTS will help you to articulate your competencies and attributes, and convey these to others, including prospective employers. 


Everybody learns in different ways and MASTS, supported by Strathclyde University, has created the MASTS PG Cert to ensure that each student can design a bespoke training programme that supports their research, career and personal goals.  On completion of your PhD and the PG Cert you will have both expertise, skills and knowledge in your specific discipline and a broad and deep transferrable skill set.  You will also acquire the confidence, curiosity and creativity to contribute successfully wherever you work.  The qualification can formalise all the activities you undertake as a postgraduate researcher and ensures that you enter the employment market with a skill set which distinguishes you from other researchers.   It also supports a culture of individual, life-long learning and adaptation to a rapidly changing marine sector and world.  We believe the resulting impact for you, MASTS and for society, will be undoubtedly positive.


Find out more by clicking on the links below

PGCert Induction video

A welcome from the MAST Executive Director

A quick guide to the MASTS PG Cert

Your Professional Development

The MASTS PG Cert 

Opportunities Available through MASTS

Contacts & Fees

Download the MASTS PG Cert Handbook here