UCL Careers



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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:

A media and tech career

Thursday, 07 June 2018

Alys Donnelly has an MPhil in Multidisciplinary Gender Studies and is now Head of Business Process at Xaxis, a media and technology company. Below, Alys tells us about her career journey, and offers tips for those wanting to take a similar route.   Tell us about your current role and organisation   I currently work […]

Getting paid to drink wine: from academic to wine buyer

Thursday, 10 May 2018

  Dr Nicholas Jackson has a PhD in Theology and Literature from Cambridge and is now a Wine Buyer for Sotheby’s Wine in New York. Nicholas kindly took time out from wine tastings (!) to share his career journey. Tell us about your current role and organisation. I am a buyer for a retail business. […]

What’s academia like in China?

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Last week Professor Limin Zhu from Donghua University kindly gave a talk at UCL about careers for PhDs in China. It was an illuminating session, largely highlighting that academia in China isn’t too different from academia in the UK. Here is what Professor Zhu told us: Publish, and publish well: It was no surprise to […]