Careers and employability

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  • Top 5 in the UK for targeting by top graduate employers
    (High Fliers Report 2017)
  • Top 60 in the world for employability
    (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016)

We're committed to increasing your employability and career prospects. As our student you'll have a wealth of opportunities to develop your skills and make the most out of your time at Leeds.

Our varied teaching and assessment means that, on graduating, you'll be equipped with the skills needed for a wide range of careers or further postgraduate study, including analysis, communication, debating, project management, critical thinking, teamwork, and presentation skills.

As a research student, you'll have access to additional training opportunities and support to both enhance your studies and prepare you for your future career. Your supervisor(s) and the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies will provide information and advice, and there are many opportunities for you to explore.

English Postgraduate Seminar  

The English Postgraduate Seminar is an opportunity for all postgraduate students in our School to give and discuss papers. It is organised by the students themselves and convenes every two weeks. There are also many other specialised, interdisciplinary and cross-Faculty research seminars run by our postgraduate students and staff.

Graduate School

The Graduate School brings together research students from across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures. Through it, you can access dedicated study spaces, research groups sponsored by the Faculty, and grants to help you present at conferences and work with external partners related to your research. On graduating, you'll be able to apply for a short-term Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, based here on campus. There is also the potential to get involved with Leeds Creative Labs, in which researchers from the University collaborate with creative innovators to showcase their research. Find out more here.

LEAP Researcher Training Hub

The LEAP Researcher Training Hub offers a range of skills development courses covering areas as diverse as statistics, networking, writing for publication, presenting, career management and job interview preparation. Find out more here.


Leeds is a partner institution in the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH), which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). WRoCAH offers training and collaboration opportunities to high-achieving research students, as well as opportunities to work with external partner organisations. Find out more here.

University Careers Centre

Our award-winning Careers Centre is one of the largest in the country, with experienced advisors and strong relationships with graduate recruiters. It sources long- and short-term work experience and job opportunities that you can access both during and after your studies. It also runs events ranging from networking afternoons to large scale graduate opportunity fairs, attracting recruiters from all industries. Learn more here.

Leeds for Life

Leeds for Life is a University-wide initiative designed to help you make the most of student life and prepare you for your career from day one. As well as regular meetings with a personal tutor, Leeds for Life provides lots of opportunities for academic and personal development – from work experience and career planning to connecting with University alumni. You can also apply for funding to attend academic conferences and cash grants to support individual or group projects that develop your skills whilst benefitting others. Writing Back, an award-winning project conceived by students in our School, was made possible by one such grant (more information here). Find out more here

Alumni Mentoring Network

The Leeds Alumni Mentoring Network allows you to benefit from the support of an experienced mentor from the world of work. Your mentor will help you to explore your career options and provide advice on entry into specific sectors. Find out more here.

Leeds University Union

Leeds University Union offers a service called Joblink, which promotes part-time work and internships. Find out more here.