UCL Doctoral School



Explore the wealth of resources UCL offers to help you develop as a researcher and professional.

Doctoral Skills Development Programme 

A doctoral degree is so much more than a piece of paper or a thesis. It's about your development as a professional and a researcher.

We strongly encourage you to take full advantage of the free and extensive training programme we have to offer at UCL, and expect you to allocate at least 10 days each year to such training. If you are part of a funded programme, you will need to ensure you meet all the training expectations of your funder as well. 

The Doctoral Skills Development Programme (DSDP) is managed by Organisational Development (not the Doctoral School) as they provide training for researchers at all stages of their career. 

Explore their webpages on the Doctoral Skills Development Programme website and email them at od@ucl.ac.uk in case of any queries. 

When you participate in the DSDP, it is automatically captured in Inkpath, UCL's training booking system. A summary of your training then appears in your Research Log so that you and your supervisory team can review it alongside your identified training needs and planned development programme. You can also manually add training completed elsewhere to Inkpath and it will feed through to your Log in the same manner. 

UCL Careers Service 

It's never too soon to start thinking about your Career. UCL Careers Service offers specialist, dedicated support for researchers in finding and preparing for careers both within and outside academia, offering one-on-one advice and practice mock interviews.

Find out more on the Careers service web page

UCL Innovation and Enterprise development for Doctoral Researchers 

UCL Innovation and Enterprise provides support for developing entrepreneurial and business skills, along with guidance on launching your own business or spin-off venture.

Explore their full range of services on the Innovation and Enterprise web page.

Academic Writing

Academic writing support is available for doctoral students for whom English is not their first language. See the Centre for Languages and International Education page for more.