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 2017

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.

Research staff access

As a member of research staff you can access CareerHub and book career events and appointments. Register as a new staff user here.

Do you want to try the UK academic job market?

The first destination employment rates for LSE PhD graduates are consistently high at over 90% and about 60% of LSE PhD graduates tell us that they have jobs in teaching and or research in higher education six months after graduating. The majority of jobs in academia are advertised on the easily searchable What type of roles are available? Alison […]


Crafting PhD CV(s) – yes you will have more than one CV!

More than half of LSE PhD students work outside academia after their studies. For some, the transition is smooth, for others the journey is longer and involves some rejections from employers before securing the first post-PhD position. A well prepared CV or application form will increase your chances of success in any sector and many PhD students and graduates have […]


Finding your way after a PhD – lessons from your peers

To learn more about PhD career progression, we invited four LSE PhD alumni to speak about their experiences of finishing up and moving on to work beyond traditional academic roles. They told exciting stories from a variety of perspectives of people working in research, writing, and thought leadership in different sectors. Having some ‘hutzpah’ was mentioned as a great way […]


How to prepare for starting your PhD

Blog by LSE PhD student Hannah Cottrell: 1. Funding – know your options This can be one of the main obstacles for many people wishing to pursue postgraduate study, especially for PhD students who are committing 4-5 years of their time, effort and money. When applying for PhD positions make sure you know what kinds of funding are available to […]


Summer support and events for PhD students and research staff

Welcome to the PhD Careers summer programme! It’s time to refresh your career with… Appointments Individual, confidential career review one-to-one meetings are available, usually on Wednesdays and Fridays (but can be negotiated for another day if those aren’t convenient) with Catherine Reynolds, our Careers Consultant for PhD students. These last for 30 minutes and you can check availability and book […]


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Breakfast: Employers recruiting PhD students and researchers

Starts: 9 Jun 2017 8:30 AM
Finishes: 9 Jun 2017 10:00 AM
Remaining places: 30
LSE PhD alumni work in a wide range of sectors outside academia and find career success all over the world. With this in mind, LSE Careers is hosting a breakfast event to showcase some of the corporate opportunities available in quant and consultancy to current PhD students and recent graduates.

PhD mature students lunch

Starts: 21 Jun 2017 12:30 PM
Finishes: 21 Jun 2017 1:30 PM
Remaining places: 43
PhD students who have more than 10 years’ work experience have different needs in terms of career progression and life after the PhD. This informal lunch is another chance to meet some of your peers and join a facilitated careers discussion for people in your situation.

Parenting and an academic career - panel event (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 26 Jun 2017 12:30 PM
Finishes: 26 Jun 2017 1:30 PM
Remaining places: 46
Have you found yourself wondering whether a career in academia is less compatible with having a family than other careers paths? This is an issue often raised in career discussions with PhD students and research staff and one we’ll focus on in this panel.

Career check up (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 12 Jul 2017 12:30 PM
Finishes: 12 Jul 2017 2:00 PM
Remaining places: 45
Are you thinking about different career options and/or are unsure about which career path to take? The interactive seminar will help you to review your strengths and values, assess options, and plan some next steps.

​CVs and cover letters in and outside academia (for PhD students and research staff)

Starts: 17 Jul 2017 12:30 PM
Finishes: 17 Jul 2017 1:30 PM
Remaining places: 48
We will consider how PhD students and researchers can construct strong applications for jobs in and outside academia, including guidance on employers’ expectations of applications and how you can present yourself successfully.

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