Developing your career

As well as working hard, we hope that you feel inspired to take advantage of our department’s vibrant research environment.

We will encourage you to get involved with existing activities, as well as develop your own initiatives to enhance your employability.

Activities and events

Activities you can get involved in include:

  • Research events, including some that are tailored especially for PhD students;
  • Activities associated with the many research centres across the University, with which we have close, interdisciplinary links;
  • The opportunity to get involved with Political Perspective, an online postgraduate journal of politics run by our PhD students;
  • Opportunities to be involved with conference organisation; and
  • The opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the department by becoming a Teaching Assistant.

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.

Political Perspectives

In 2005, PhD students in Politics established an electronic journal, Political Perspectives. 

The journal, which is edited by a small number of current PhD students, publishes postgraduate research and it is hoped that you will want to be fully involved in the running of the journal. As a PhD student you are encouraged to be:

  • Part of the editorial team;
  • A referee for the submissions that the journal receives and the papers it is intending to publish; or
  • An author, publishing your own work in the journal and participating in the various special issues that are published each year.