Development and training at LSE

LSE's departments and services run a wide range of academic and professional development opportunities for doctoral students that fit with Vitae's national Researcher Development Framework|

Academic and professional development

This highly regarded programme, co-ordinated by the School's Teaching and Learning Centre, is made of up three key strands:

Academic and professional development|: a series of interdisciplinary workshops  designed to help you make the most of your research in relation to "impact" both within and beyond academia 

Authoring a PhD|: workshops and materials based on Professor Patrick Dunleavy's book Authoring a PhD that support your thinking and writing across the three key stages of the doctorate

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education| (PGCertHE): a teaching qualification for those new to university teaching and designed to be combined with study at the doctoral level


Expert information and advice on all aspects of job searching and career development is available from LSE Careers|, which also has a dedicated PhD Careers Consultant, Catherine Reynolds:|.


LSE's Language Centre| offers programmes in modern foreign languages, English (including popular English for Academic Purposes and English for Teaching Purposes programmes), linguistics and literature.

Library, information and IT skills

LSE's Library|, Centre for Learning Technology| and IT Services| run several courses and online resources for doctoral students, such as:

Additionally, the Library has Academic Support Librarians| specifically for doctoral students who are a first point of contact and can provide one-to-one research consultations.

Methods training

LSE's Department of Methodology| runs courses on research methods that meet the ESRC's generic requirements for the first year of a 1+3 PhD programme.


The Teaching and Learning Centre co-ordinates opportunities for external training too ...

Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network

LSE is a member of the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network|, through which you can access skills development events at other member institutions.