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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

Activities you can get involved in include:

  • Weekly 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 ‘employability workshop’, a one-day mini-conference where our MA and PhD students give short talks, and another mini-conference at the start of the academic year to welcome new research students;
  • An annual postgraduate conference, Open Minds, now in its tenth year, organised by postgraduate research students;
  • The opportunity to get involved with Praxis, an online postgraduate journal of philosophy run by our PhD students;
  • Opportunities to be involved with conference organisation; and
  • 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 officers 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.