University of Bath

Teaching during your doctoral studies

Find out more about the value of teaching experience as a doctoral student, how to get involved and what support is available.

A student leading a conference workshop
A South West Doctoral Partnership student leading a conference workshop

Why teach?

Undertaking teaching during your doctoral studies is a great way to develop a variety of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers inside and beyond academia, including:

  • communication
  • professionalism
  • giving and receiving feedback
  • self-reflection
  • mentoring/coaching
  • project and people management
  • problem solving
  • leadership

Teaching as a postgraduate can be hugely rewarding. In addition to giving you a platform to share your passion and expertise, it can give you the opportunity to make a difference to those you teach, helping them to succeed in their degree. It is also a great chance to develop a range of transferable skills and valuable experience which can help in future career paths, inside or beyond academia.

Millie Green, Doctoral student in Statistics and Research Assistant in Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

A Guide to starting teaching as a doctoral student

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“If I hadn’t have taught during my PhD I wouldn’t have got my current job”

Rhiannon Edwards used her teaching experience throughout her doctoral studies to gain valuable transferable skills - and a job as a Teaching Fellow!

Rhiannon Edwards, (PhD Psychology, 2017)
Rhiannon Edwards, (PhD Psychology, 2017)

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