PhD students and research staff

Welcome to the section of the LSE Careers website devoted to PhD students and research staff.

PhD career development programme 2015

Read the latest career development programme brochure below. The brochure outlines the most relevant services and resources and advises you on how to approach your career while at LSE. You can also download the brochure [pdf].


You can book an appointment with the PhD careers adviser on LSE CareerHub.
Please note: All career discussions are held in confidence.


Log in to LSE CareerHub to search for job opportunities and book places on careers events. We also have lists of other academic and non-academic job sites suitable for PhD students.

Careers events

One hour seminars on careers issues relevant to PhD students run throughout the year. For information about the latest events log in to LSE CareerHub

Our PhD careers consultant also delivers seminars for the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) programmes for PhD students and post-doctoral staff.  For more information contact TLC on

You can also find all our PhD careers seminar slides on this website.

Access to LSE Careers after you graduate

You can continue to book appointments with the PhD careers adviser for two years from the date of your PhD graduation.

For further information on alumni access please visit the CareerHub access page.

Preparing for academic careers in the UK and beyond

Four things you can do now… 1. Make a plan to build your research profile what, where and when to publish which conferences to attend and when learned societies or associations to join 2. Review your teaching experience Do you have a range? Have you had some training, or are you working towards the PGCert? 3. Public engagement Where have […]


Tips from alumni for PhD entrepreneurs

A selection of LSE PhD students and graduates recently shared their experience of entrepreneurship during and after their PhDs. Read their biographies below – they’re impressive people, and encourage you to be equally so! There are also a few key messages to repeat about getting started, the people, your motivation, and resources. The messages Find people you want to work with, […]


PhD students your options – in or outside academia? Can you have both?

Blog by our PhD Careers Consultant Catherine Reynolds: Career conversations with PhD students tend to focus on two employment sectors: in and outside academia. But in a complex labour market is there a simple binary divide between these employment worlds? Your future might involve both. Putting aside tricky questions about finding vacancies, making applications and succeeding at interview for now, I’d like to […]


PhD students – gaining additional experience while you study…

…is important for your career progression (it adds experience to your CV; provides contacts for collaboration; might help keep you going etc. etc.) and provides useful additional income too! Experience might be freelance work, consultancy or internships. The category name doesn’t matter; the value for you and your career progression is very important. In this ongoing blog post we will […]


PhD careers in management consultancy

Careers in consultancy are sometimes of interest to our PhD students and graduates. Some firms particularly target applications from PhD students. McKinsey, BCG, Oliver Wyman, Charles River Associates; Compass Lexecon; Cornerstone Research and others have specific interest in PhD qualified applicants. Some firms offer insight days and special events for PhD students. BCG Dubai office is planning on hosting recruiting information session in […]


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CVs for outside academia (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 7 Nov 2016 4:00 PM
Finishes: 7 Nov 2016 5:00 PM
Remaining places: 30
In this seminar we will look at how PhD students and researchers can put together strong applications for jobs outside academia, including what employers expect to see in applications and how you can present yourself successfully at this stage of the recruitment process.

Meet an Alum - PR/communications

Starts: 12 Jan 2017 5:30 PM
Finishes: 12 Jan 2017 7:45 PM
Meet an Alum brings together alumni and current students for small 30 minute group discussions so you can find out what it’s really like to work in a particular field or organisation.

Meet an Alum - Clean energy and environmental finance

Starts: 19 Jan 2017 5:30 PM
Finishes: 19 Jan 2017 7:45 PM
Meet an Alum brings together alumni and current students for small 30 minute group discussions so you can find out what it’s really like to work in a particular field or organisation.

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