Developing your career

We foster career development through activities designed to help you gain important skills and experience.

Whether you are thinking of pursuing an academic career, or have plans for another path, the opportunities to enhance your employability are numerous.

Activities and events

There are a number of activities you can get involved in.

  • Regular research seminars at which you will given the opportunity to present your work alongside staff and visiting academics, and present comments on staff papers.
  • Regular conferences and workshops involving major national and international philosophers. You can normally attend these free of charge.
  • An annual 'welcome workshop' with papers and presentations from both staff and PhD students to welcome new research students.
  • A postgraduate 'work in progress' seminar series, run by PhD students for PhD students, providing the opportunity to develop your presentation skills and get constructive feedback on your work-in-progress from a friendly audience.
  • An annual postgraduate conference, Open Minds, organised by postgraduate research students.
  • Opportunities to be involved with conference organisation.
  • Paid tutorial teaching and marking, for which we provide training and mentoring, and try to give our final-year PhD students some lecturing experience as well.

We have dedicated staff who will act as placement officer to help you improve your CV, research proposals, and offer guidance on preparing work for potential publication in consultation with your supervisor. Journals our students have recently published in include Philosophical Studies and The Philosophical Quarterly.

As part of The University of Manchester, you will also have access to the University's Career Service, who have a range of resources and services specifically for doctoral researchers.