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In collaboration with The Doctoral School and UCL Organisational Development, UCL Careers provides dedicated support for UCL's researcher community which includes:

  • research assistants
  • research students (MRes & PhD) and
  • postdoctoral research staff

In addition to the wide range of services, resources and events highlighted in the three main areas of our site which focus on:

please remember, as a researcher at UCL, you will also have bespoke access to the following:


One-to-one advice

We have a team of careers consultants with research backgrounds who work closely with UCL's researcher community and can provide support regardless of whether you're looking to continue in academia or explore other options.

Our "Researcher appointments" can be booked at any time through your myUCLCareers account and can be used to cover a range of queries from exploring options to getting support with applications / interview preparation.

myUCLCareers: Check appointment availability


Researchers' events programme

A series of careers consultant and employer led workshops, talks and networking events aimed specifically at those with a research background.

Find out more


Researcher case studies

If you are starting to think about next steps and want to explore the vast range of career paths open to those with a research background, we have put together a series of over 200 case studies of PhD graduates from UCL* since 2004 to showcase the different areas that researchers move into following their PhD.

They are in the format of downloadable pdf documents or blog articles for you to read through but some are also available as 'talking head' style videos.

*We have also included some case studies of PhD graduates from other universities.

Search and view case studies


Sourced internships and other vacancies

If you are searching for current vacancies using our jobs board in your myUCLCareers account, please be aware that, in addition to using the filters provided to search by job type, industry sector or key word, you can also apply the 'Researchers filter' to the job listings. This will then show specific vacancies which our team have sourced or identified as being exclusively aimed at researchers or where the recruiter is keen to receive applications from those with a research background.

myUCLCareers: View current vacancies


Researchers' blog and Twitter feed

You can also keep up to date with all things researcher-based that are going on at UCL Careers by following our researcher Twitter feed or our specialist blog - recent blog articles shown below:


From academic research to translating in the arts

Thursday, 02 August 2018

Ingrid Chen has an MA in Comparative Literature from UCL, and she studied for a PhD in Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of London. She left the PhD behind for a role in Sotheby’s, and is now Deputy Director, Head of Translation Department at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. We managed to coordinate ourselves […]

Moving from a PhD to Life Science Consulting

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Dr Roumteen Keshe has a PhD in Biochemical Engineering and Bioprocess Leadership from UCL, and is now a Consultant at Kinapse, an advisory and operational services provider to the global Life Sciences industry. Roumteen contributed to our 2018 Life and Health Science Biology and Business careers panel, and kindly agreed to help out those of […]

Do academics need an entrepreneurial mindset to succeed?

Monday, 16 July 2018

Bit of a rhetorical question, this one. The answer is yes, academics benefit when they think like entrepreneurs. If you’re not sure why that is, or you have no idea how to think more like an entrepreneur, check out this brilliantly amazing guest post (ahem – I wrote it) on the even more brilliantly amazing […]