Research postgraduates – current and recent

The Careers Service supports our research postgraduates with specialist careers staff with extensive experience of working with doctoral researchers.

We develop resources and run events aimed specifically at postgraduates, recognising that your experience and career ambitions are different from our undergraduates.

Whether you’re hoping to use your research outside academia, progress within academia or do something quite different, we have resources and people to help you manage and develop your next career step.

What can we help you with?

Career planning

Today’s world needs the highly developed skills, experience and insights which a research degree can bring, whether you see your future in the world beyond academia or have the strategic focus and achievements to make it as an academic.

Want some inspiration from our own alumni and contacts with PhDs? Read the profiles (pdfs) of our PhD panellists who attended our PhD careers event, Pathways

Although Pathways 2020 couldn't take place this year, look out for other activities throughout the year linking you to our alumni, like our Meet the Professionals programme

Other excellent sources of PhD-specific career options include:

Wondering if you could make it in academia?

Our website, An Academic Career, has now been retired.

We are currently working on creating new resources to support our doctoral researchers who are considering an academic career. In partnership with some of our current doctoral researchers, we will be developing new content and where appropriate, repurposing some of the content from An Academic Career.

In the interim, any current or recent (graduated within the last 2 years) University of Manchester students or doctoral researchers can continue to get individual support, covering academic and non-academic careers, through our careers appointment system.

Making the most of your postgraduate research degree

The actions you take and skills you acquire from day one of your research degree may ultimately help your career prospects. Here are some of our suggestions of actions to consider:

Find support, activities and resources to help you make the most of all the University has to offer.

  • PGR Life Our collaborative directory of what's coming up for PGRs and how to access services and support across the university, appropriate for postgraduate researchers.

Further careers support

As busy postgraduates, we know that thinking about your career often has to fit into odd hours to suit your schedule. Therefore we've focused on making as much support as possible both self-service and available 24:7.

Careers talks and workshops

You can join us by attending our postgrad careers talks - or watch afterwards at a time to suit you. Topics include:

  • The job market & how to navigate it for Doctoral Researchers
  • CVs and other types of written application
  • Interviews and other types of assessment
  • Becoming an academic

Careers events, including employers and alumni activities

Join in the wide range of sessions open to any student, including employer webinars, careers fairs, our "Meet the Professionals" alumni panels and career skills sessions to boost your professional profile, including our LinkedIn workshops (very popular with our postgraduates).

Many of our events, particularly those including employers and alumni, run only once a year - keep track of what's on when so you don't miss out. Find out more with:

News and updates

Look out for regular postgraduate careers tips with our monthly careers newsletters, specifically for taught postgraduates. Keep up with our blog and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Weibo) with articles, news and tips for all students.

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