Your research degree can take you to the forefront of your field and help you develop skills that will be invaluable, whatever your chosen career.

Transferable skills you’ll develop include your ability to:

  • understand and solve problems
  • analyse and communicate complex information
  • work independently and as part of a team
  • manage your time effectively

Our specialist training for postgraduate researchers will enable you to develop your expertise and become confident in skills including presentation style, project management and networking. We also run workshops to help you build on your teaching skills.

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. The plan will be tailored to you and aligned to your research to ensure you get the most out of your time at Leeds.

An online record system, the Graduate Record of Achievement and Development (GRAD), helps you plan which conferences, courses and workshops to attend. It records training and meetings with your supervisors, with milestones to track your progress.

Support for researchers

Support for our researchers includes a dedicated Graduate Training and Support Centre, research support in the library, specialist IT support and the Careers Centre.

The University library offers support to researchers on services such as digital publishing, bibliometrics, open access publishing and funding, the University publications database and White Rose Research Online.

Get advice on issues such as citation searching, managing research data and improving the impact of your research.

Career planning

Whatever your next step, our Careers Centre offers a range of events, online resources and personal advice and support. We’ll help you understand your strengths and market yourself effectively. We provide:

  • individual career guidance
  • CV writing advice
  • job search, application and interview skills
  • a programme of workshops specifically for postgraduate researchers.
You can also access support if you're looking to start your own business or learn about enterprise.

Find out more about where a research degree could take you