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Supporting your career ambitions

We'll help you develop your professional skills and career profile through a supportive, stimulating and structured environment.

Preparing for success

Whether you see your future in a research, industry, or beyond, we’ll offer you the support you need to achieve your ambitions.

Boosting your skills

Our Research Excellence Training Team (RETT) provides a range of courses and workshops to equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge to thrive as an independent researcher. These cover four broad areas:

  • knowledge and intellectual abilities
  • personal effectiveness
  • research governance and organisation
  • engagement, influence and impact.

You can also access workshops on topics including presentation skills, project management and networking, and participate in events to share your research.

"Without my PhD and the enriched experiences that went with it, I would not be able to do my current job. I manage large scale archaeological research projects for Historic England, researching strategically important sites to broaden and deepen our understanding of the historic environment. Recent work has included excavations in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site."

David Roberts, Archaeologist Project Manager at Historic England (PhD Archaeology)

Professional Development Plan

You’ll be encouraged to produce a Professional Development Plan. It allows constructive conversations about the skills, behaviours and attitudes you want to develop as a researcher with your supervisor and Thesis Advisory Panel.

As a research graduate, the skills you develop during your studies are highly valued in a wide variety of industries. Even if your future work isn’t classified as research, you’ll find the research techniques you’ll learn will always be useful.

“I’ve really enjoyed the opportunities I’ve gained through my PhD. Conferences have taken me around the world and collaborations with industry have given me an insight into other ways of conducting research. I'm excited to be working on taking my PhD research into industry - to see my work contribute to products that are on the market would be amazing!”

Nicola, PhD Joint Maths and Physics

Teaching opportunities

From laboratory demonstration to leading seminars and marking, teaching can improve your confidence and offer a valuable addition to your portfolio of skills. It can develop your ability to explain and engage people with your research and your skills of creativity and innovation.

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"As a Graduate Teaching Assistant I gained experience in holding seminars, teaching lectures, marking and providing feedback. I found teaching really rewarding and I gained a lot of transferable skills in presenting information and encouraging discussion."

Ro Smith (PhD Philosophy)

Careers support

Our Careers and Placements team will provide advice and support to help you achieve your career ambitions, as well as access to top recruiters through careers fairs and events on campus. If you want to start your own business, our enterprise team can help you access funding, advice and guidance.

We also run a programme of networking events bringing together current postgraduate students and established alumni. These events provide valuable opportunities to make connections with established alumni from a range of sectors.

Lifelong community

When you leave us, you’ll be invited to join York Alumni Association, our global network of over 130,000 York graduates.

Our lifelong community gives you access to continued careers support and networking opportunities with fellow York graduates.

Study abroad

Global programmes and placements

Depending on your research area, you may be able to apply for a study or work placement at one of our partner universities or host organisations. There are also opportunities to immerse yourself in a two-week interdisciplinary academic and cultural programme at an international partner university. These global opportunities can offer a life-changing experience which will enrich your study, give you a new perspective in your field of expertise and allow you to make valuable professional connections.

Our Centre for Global Programmes can advise you on study and work abroad opportunities and funding, including exchanges, traineeships and independent projects.

Learn a language

We offer free language and intercultural courses to help you prepare for a period of work or study abroad and a number of general and bespoke language courses, from beginner to advanced level.

Language skills can both impress potential employers and come in handy should you have to attend conferences abroad, or carry out research in another country.

York Graduate Research School

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Research environment

Our world-renowned research institutes, centres and facilities.

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Global programmes

Explore your options to study or work abroad.

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Living and learning

Find out what life is like as a postgrad at York.

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