With our help your research degree will take you to the forefront of your field. You could pursue an academic career, and continue to influence current knowledge for decades to come, or use your cutting edge research and highly advanced transferable skills to skyrocket your professional career. Whatever future you choose we have the development and networking opportunities to support you.

Our research training will enable you to develop your expertise and become confident in a wide range of skills such as presentation style, project management and networking.

Personal training plan

Through our graduate training and support, we will help you build a personal training plan so you can identify your training and development needs with your supervisor. This is a great opportunity to create a plan that is original to you and aligned to your research to ensure you get the most out of your time at Leeds.

Conferences and workshops

You will also be able to take advantage of professional development and networking opportunities, such as the Showcase Postgraduate Researcher conference which is held at the University of Leeds. The annual conference celebrates the significant contribution that Leeds postgraduates make to the research profile and academic life of the University. One of the highlights of the conference is the ‘three minute thesis’ competition which gives postgraduate researchers three minutes to deliver their research with just one image to sum up their topic. 

Workshops and professional development

The University also host a number of workshops in managing and presenting your research and there also opportunities to develop your teaching practice through lectures and practical sessions. All of these experiences are opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD) and ensure you have a well-rounded experience as you progress through your PhD.

Careers Centre

A Leeds PhD will help prepare you for an academic career and the careers centre will support you throughout your journey with a wide range of quality services designed specifically for early career researchers. We provide:

  • advice on making applications, writing an academic CV and looking for work
  • a range of specific careers events aimed at researchers
  • a wealth of resources in our information room
  • drop-in sessions to help you with applications or any questions you may have

Our Careers Centre can help you market yourself to employers by helping you evidence your skills and personal qualities with CV writing and interview workshops as well as careers advisor appointments.

The Centre also holds a number of workshops tailored for researchers which can help you to progress your career.

Your experience of postgraduate study may have given you an appetite for a career in academia. Increasingly, however, PhD students are looking for employment outside of the academic environment. 

Where are they now?

We like to keep up-to-date with our research students after they have qualified to find out how they are getting on. 98% of research students who gave us feedback in the latest DLHE (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education) survey were either working or in further education six months after they graduated.

This impressive statistic rises to 100% of students in the Faculties of Arts; Business; Environment; Medicine and Health; and Performance, Visual Arts and Communications.

Find out more about where a research degree could take you