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Professional development for doctoral students

Build a strong set of skills to succeed in your doctorate and enhance your future career prospects.

Your professional career development

Not only is professional development an expectation as a researcher it will also help you with your career development. We can help you through signposting training opportunities, as well as opportunities for you to develop your skills.


You can book onto our workshops and events, sign up for development opportunities and access online resources through MyDoctoralDevelopment.


A site for doctoral students to access training, learning resources and development opportunities.

Develop your skills and build your networks

We have a range of development opportunities that you can get involved with. These include opportunities to present, focus on your research or facilitate a roundtable or network.

Doctoral Roundtable

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Find out more about the Doctoral Roundtable series organised by the Doctoral College to help connect doctoral researchers with others to share their experiences

The difference development makes

Find out why researchers are making time to develop their skills

I didn't just get a PhD

Jon Chouler, Phd researcher in the Department for Chemical Engineering, reflects on the all-round experience his PhD has given him so far.

About us

The Doctoral Development Team provide the following to all doctoral students:

  • Training and workshops through our DoctoralSkills programme
  • Signposting of online resources to help your learning and development
  • Opportunities to get involved and develop your skills through our researcher development activities
  • Opportunities to broaden your networks with other doctoral researchers
  • Opportunities to take part in competitions to develop your skills

Doctoral Development Team

If you have any questions about any aspects of your development or our development programme please get in touch with the Team.