Whether you are a one-year Masters student or here for the duration of your PhD, it is important to progress your personal development.

We're here to help you gain valuable skills and experience to enable you to compete in the global career marketplace.

Skills Hub

The Skills Hub offers support and development in academic areas including maths, academic writing, IT, languages and more.

They can help you develop your skills for your degree and your future career.

Research Excellence Training Team (RETT)

For postgraduate research students, the Research Excellence Training Team (RETT) offer specific training support, including a suite of courses to help you with your research and professional development as a researcher.

Log in to Skillsforge and see what courses are available.

York Graduate Research School (YGRS)

Visit the YGRS pages to check for updates and announcements and see information for new research students.

View the York Research Student Community blog for up to the minute posts on external funding, training sessions, opportunities to study abroad, and more. Or sign up to the YGRS newsletter for a monthly digest.


You may want to explore career options outside of academia. The Careers team are there to help you identify the skills and experience that employers are looking for in postgraduate students, and to support you in your career planning and job search.

Volunteering and work experience

Careers can help you find work experience that is valued by employers.

Meet potential employers

The Careers What’s on page provides a week-by-week programme of talks, recruitment fairs, skills courses and more.

You can also follow Careers on social media, and we recommend setting up a LinkedIn account so you begin to build your professional profile and get noticed by employers.

Go global

The Centre for Global Programmes offers a range of global opportunities to broaden your educational and research experience.

The also advertise international postgraduate funding opportunities.