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Whether you're interested in working in academia or other sectors, Careers and Placements can provide advice, information and guidance to help you explore your options:

Postgraduate researcher career journey

During your PhD you will have a range of opportunities to develop your research and professional skills, but it can sometimes be difficult to find out what’s available, when you could do it, and whether it’s right for you. The postgraduate researcher career journey aims to support you from the point when you start your PhD, through to the later stages of career decision making and applications.

A range of opportunities is included, with a suggested timeline linked to your PhD progression, focused around three key themes: Researching your career options; Academic and professional development; and Applications and recruitment.

The Journey is interactive – click on the links to be taken to the relevant web pages:

Postgraduate Research students: Your Career Journey (PDF , 164kb)

Transferrable skills

The Research Excellence Training (RET) Team can help you gain transferable skills through information resources, a training and development programme, and support with career planning. Find out more about skills training.

International students

The Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme allows you to work in the UK for 12 months following your PhD. You must apply after your viva and before you submit your final bound thesis. You cannot apply once your course has been completed. You must also have a current Tier 4 visa.

Working in the UK after your studies