PhD students and research staff

Welcome to the section of the LSE Careers website devoted to PhD students and research staff.

PhD career development programme 2015

Read the latest career development programme brochure below. The brochure outlines the most relevant services and resources and advises you on how to approach your career while at LSE. You can also download the brochure [pdf].


You can book an appointment with the PhD careers adviser on LSE CareerHub.
Please note: All career discussions are held in confidence.


Log in to LSE CareerHub to search for job opportunities and book places on careers events. We also have lists of other academic and non-academic job sites suitable for PhD students.

Careers events

One hour seminars on careers issues relevant to PhD students run throughout the year. For information about the latest events log in to LSE CareerHub

Our PhD careers consultant also delivers seminars for the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) programmes for PhD students and post-doctoral staff.  For more information contact TLC on

You can also find all our PhD careers seminar slides on this website.

Access to LSE Careers after you graduate

You can continue to book appointments with the PhD careers adviser for two years from the date of your PhD graduation.

For further information on alumni access please visit the CareerHub access page.

Understanding the UK academic job market and how to apply

The first destination employment rates for LSE PhD graduates are consistently high at over 90%, and about 60% of LSE PhD graduates tell us that they have jobs working in teaching and or research in higher education six months after graduating. There are 150 universities in the UK and almost all will have departments to which you could apply to […]


Summer support and events for PhD students and research staff

Welcome to the PhD Careers summer programme! It’s time to refresh your career with… Appointments Individual, confidential career review one-to-one meetings are available, usually on Wednesdays and Fridays (but can be negotiated for another day if those aren’t convenient) with Catherine Reynolds, our Careers Consultant for PhD students. These last for 30 minutes and you can check availability and book […]


Applying for post-doc funding?

It’s tough. Is it worth it? Well, it was for Dr Joseph Downing and it can be for you too! Joseph starts a funded two year post-doc in October 2016 and the journey getting there will be epic. It starts with his AHRC funded PhD at the LSE European Institute and this episode ends with the awarding of his EC Marie […]


Global opportunities in and outside academia for PhDs and research staff

If you’re considering the global labour market, there are a couple of things to draw to your attention to including vacancies and advice: Academic jobs in the US The Professor Is In is a blog dedicated to helping PhDs master the academic and post-academic job markets in the USA and is written by Dr Karen Kelsky former tenured professor and […]


PhD students – in or outside academia? Can you have both?

Blog by our PhD Careers Consultant Catherine Reynolds: Is there really a binary divide between the employment worlds of academia and other sectors? As a PhD student or a worker on a temporary contract in Higher Education your long term future might involve both. Putting aside tricky questions about finding vacancies, making applications and succeeding at interview, where will you find job and […]


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CVs and cover letters for PhD students

Starts: 11 May 2016 10:00 AM
Finishes: 11 May 2016 11:00 AM
Venue: PhD Academy, 4th Floor Lionel Robbins Building
Remaining places: 28
We will consider how PhD students and researchers can construct strong applications for jobs in and outside academia, including guidance on employers’ expectations of applications and how you can present yourself successfully.

Career development for PhD students and research staff - what next?

Starts: 23 May 2016 12:30 PM
Finishes: 23 May 2016 1:30 PM
Venue: PhD Academy, 4th Floor Lionel Robbins Building
Remaining places: 33
Are you thinking about different career options and/or are unsure about which career path to take? The interactive seminar will help you to review your strengths and values, assess the options open to you, and plan some next steps.

Careers beyond the PhD - alumni panel event (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 1 Jun 2016 5:00 PM
Finishes: 1 Jun 2016 7:00 PM
Venue: PhD Academy, 4th Floor Lionel Robbins Building
Remaining places: 30
Hear from LSE PhD graduates now working outside academia to learn more about how you can use your research skills in a range of careers. The first half of the event will be dedicated to hearing from speakers, and in the second half you can network with graduates and other participants.

Applying for jobs outside academia (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 13 Jun 2016 12:30 PM
Finishes: 13 Jun 2016 1:30 PM
Venue: PhD Academy, 4th Floor Lionel Robbins Building
Remaining places: 34
This seminar for PhD students and research staff is an introduction to interviews and other selection processes outside academia and will help you learn how to prepare and what to expect.

Career check up for PhD students and research staff

Starts: 13 Jul 2016 12:00 PM
Finishes: 13 Jul 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: PhD Academy, 4th Floor Lionel Robbins Building
Remaining places: 35
​This interactive workshop, facilitated by an experienced Careers Consultant, will give you time to review your career progression to date, help you establish priorities for your future, and identify the best ways to present your experience and skills to potential employers.

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