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.

Want an academic career? Here’s how

For PhD students and researchers wanting an academic career, our advice is to add four areas of expertise to your portfolio to meet the requirements of a job specification: Research Yes, that’s your PhD thesis, but it’s also: going to conferences, publishing in the best journals, building your academic network, knowing your field and the other players. It’s having a plan to […]


Interested in teaching? Opportunities to start in September 2016

Interested in a career or a spell in teaching? Places are still available for September 2016, particularly in shortage subjects: maths, computing, modern foreign languages and also in economics and geography. If you’re interested, apply now! Things to decide First explore your preferences: primary or secondary school subject school or university based training Then the Get Into Teaching website will help […]


Fancy a career in teaching? The Brilliant Club can help

Would a career in teaching suit you? The Brilliant Club works to widen access to selective universities for state school pupils and provides paid experience to current PhD students. If you want to share your PhD research in a course of tutorials with school pupils, or to test out the experience of working in schools, The Brilliant Club provides opportunities for […]


Still thinking of doing a PhD?

As we wrote earlier in the year, there are serious considerations to make before undertaking PhD studies. For example: Are you interested enough in your topic? Does a PhD fit with your long term career plans? Where’s best to study? Funding? All these issues can be reviewed in a one-to-one careers discussion with an LSE Careers Consultant. We’re open all summer […]


How to move into jobs outside academia

Building on a series of events about moving into work outside academia, this week an LSE Careers seminar for PhD students looked at translating your academic experience into language suitable for selection outside academia. We talked specifically about addressing recruiters concerns about your fit, motivation, skills and knowledge. Using your research skills outside academia Employers expect holders of PhDs to have […]


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