Soft Skills - courses and other initiatives (3rd Cycle)

PhD Support Programme

With the PhD Support Programme, the Faculty of Sciences intends to integrate and plan in a coherent way all the non-scientific activities that can be selected by students on a yearly basis. This programme has six optional components:

  • Welcome
    Welcome session to the new students at the begging of each semester.
  • Career Strategy Programme
    Includes two core modules: Self-Assessment (Personality, Activity preferences, Values and Skills inventories, Strengths, Peer Assessment), and Job Search Tools (CV, resume networking).
  • PhD Countdown Programme
    A student-oriented program in the final stages of PhD, designed to help students mobilize their personal resources and successfully complete the process steps required to finish their PhD.
  • ScienceIN2Business
    Set of five workshops aimed at deepening knowledge and gaining skills in entrepreneurship.
  • Personalised Support
    Specialized individual support through Psychological and Educational Support Office.
  • Soft Skills Programme
    Independent modules which include themes as Ethics in ScienceBioethicsScientific writing and Science communication. Each module functions as a workshop. The Programme are most useful at the beginning of the PhD.


GAPsi - Psychological and Educational Support Office


In the first semester of each academic year, GAPsi organises a series of lectures for Faculty of Science’s students, teachers and researchers, presenting topics related to soft skills. Some of the topics are:

  • Time management.
  • Anxiety regulation and emotional management.
  • Establishment of personal goals and their achievement.
  • Search for 1st job and professional selection processes.
  • Comunication and Assertiveness.
  • Public Presentations.
  • Personal Marketing.
  • Interpersonal relationship.

The purpose of these lectures is to give some strategies related to the topic and to raise awareness of the importance of those skills in the participants’ personal experience. There is not a previous schedule of lectures. A set of topics is selected to be addressed each year.


Employability Office 

Sciences Jobshop

Sciences Jobshop is a privileged contact forum between the labour market and finalist students as well as recent graduates from the various Faculty of Science’s courses. The event includes several training workshops on soft skills which are relevant to employability.


Employability workshops with companies

Lectures and workshops with invited companies are regularly organised for students of all study cycles. The purpose of these events is to provide students with insight on employers' employability issues, with a particular focus on the type of candidates they are seeking, the personal skills they value, and how the recruitment process takes place.