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Training & Careers


Training and Careers

One of the core aims of the Graduate Research School is to support our research students with their professional development.

At the start of your PhD programme you should have a formal discussion with your supervisor about your training needs. These should be recorded on your training needs analysis record which will be available for download shortly.

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Your training needs can be broken down into subject-specific skills and more generic skills. The subject-specific training will be delivered within your Department and School. The BGRS is here to help you access the generic skills component of your training.

Careers and development

The Careers & Employability Service offers a range of workshops, which you can register on via their workshop timetable.

What can the Careers & Employability Service offer PhD students?

The Library provide help and support with bibliographic
and information-based skills. They have a handy online Research Support Guide.

Research students are welcome to access any training provided by the Centre for Transformative Practice in Learning and Teaching.

Birkbeck research students can access skills training through the Bloombsury Postgraduate Skills Network.

There is information on Research Skills available on the MyBirkbeck webpages.

Online resources can be accessed through Vitae, the body for the professional development of researchers.

All Birkbeck students have access to online training via

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BGRS Training

The Graduate Research School offers a number of generic skills training courses each year. These are open to all currently registered research students.

Examples of past training include:

  • How to make a success of your doctorate - all-day workshop for starting research students
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Networking at conferences
  • Surviving the viva, and beyond
  • How to apply for postdoctoral funding

To view upcoming courses and workshops, and to register a place, please visit the Graduate Research School workshop calendar.

In the period August-October each year, the Graduate Research School advertises internal internships opportunities open to research students.

Training Needs Analysis

By the time you complete your PhD programme you should be a fully qualified researcher with an extensive set of  subject specific and more generic skills. The funders of UK research programmes have put together a list of the skills they expect all researchers to have in the Researcher Development Statement.

To help you track your skills development, and to ensure that all key training areas are addressed, you are asked to complete this Training Needs Analysis form at the start of your degree.You should review the form, in discussion with your supervisor, at the end of each academic year to make sure you are on track.

Link to the form (opens Word document)

You are asked to return the forms to the BGRS so we can make sure you have access to the training that you actually need. We have a dedicated email address for this:

This form has been extensive revised and you are asked to feed back any comments to

From October 2017 all new research students are expected to complete this form.