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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.

Event types

Events calendar


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:


Festive career lessons from Home Alone

Friday, 14 December 2018

  How many times have I seen Home Alone? I couldn’t tell you for sure. But I know the number is big because it’s a blooming Christmas classic. When I first watched it I was but a stupid little child, so I thought the key themes of the film were about not taking your family […]

What’s a Medical Science Liaison and how do I become one?

Monday, 12 November 2018

Dr Rachel Greig has a PhD in Immunology and is now a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) at Incyte, a pharmaceutical company. We know a lot of you are interested in MSL roles, so we asked Rachel to tell us all about her job and how she got there. What are you up to now? I’m […]

A PhD’s experience in Life Science Consulting

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Dr Xun Yu Choong has a PhD in Neuroscience from UCL’s Institute of Neurology and is now a Life Sciences Strategy Consultant at IQVIA. Xun had some great insights to share when we sat down and chatted about his career. What are you up to now? I’m an Associate Consultant working for IQVIA, which was […]