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The Industry Skills Certificate is a new initiative by the Royal Society of Biology, designed to support the employability of scientists into industry, either for the first time or from academia. The certificate will recognise a set of skills and knowledge gained through the participation in online and in-person training courses, which in addition to existing qualifications, can support a career move into industry.

There has been extensive research undertaken to establish the skills requirements in industry, through reports of potential skills gaps and advice from the Society's Employer Advisory Group (EAG). EAG is a direct interface between employers/industry and the Royal Society of Biology, which allows us to understand industry requirements better. This has resulted in this tailored certificate, which has shown to be of value to industry.

Participants can also register with the Society’s CPD scheme and further develop their skills and work towards achieving the Registered Scientist (RSci) professional recognition award. This certificate supports competency development for Registered Scientist (RSci) in one or more of the following competency areas:

  • Application of knowledge and understanding
  • Personal responsibility
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Professional practice
  • Professional standards

The Industry Skills Certificate is designed for anybody wanting to gain industry specific skills. Not only is it beneficial for PhD students, early career researchers and postdoctoral researchers, but it is also relevant to those currently working in industry or creating a start-up company who would like to up-skill.

The cost will be based on your individual training needs and the courses you select. If you are an organisation and would like to register staff in bulk for this certificate, or require any further information please contact our Training and Development Officer or call 0203 925 3453.

Certificate Requirements:

You must undertake a minimum of five courses within a 12 month period, including one compulsory course. Once you have completed your chosen courses you will be required to contact to verify your participation and to receive your Industry Skills Certificate.

Some courses require you to 'register your interest', and are currently in-development. Please note that these will be available to complete your certificate in the stipulated time frame. If you're interested, you can start at any time by taking your first course and inform us once you complete all the courses necessary.

Compulsory course to be taken:

          Unconscious Bias


At least four courses must be taken from:


In-person courses

          Programming for Biologists

          Introduction to Reproducible Analyses in R

          Navigating the Patent System for Biologists

          Train the Trainer

          Quality Management

          Entrepreneurship in Bioscience (register interest - date tbc)

          Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Biological Application

          Copyright Awareness for Researchers

          Media Communication Training

          An Introduction to Pharmacokinetics in Drug Development


Online courses (via myLearning)

          Introduction to Project Management

          Personal Skills for Leadership

          Core Business Skills for Biologists


The cost of this certificate will range from £400 to £1500.

The fee is based on the selected courses and whether or not participants are members of the Royal Society of Biology.

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