Your career and development

Career pgr english

Our research degrees equip you with not only in-depth knowledge of your chosen subject area, but also transferable skills that will be invaluable whatever your future career.

As you progress through your studies, you'll become adept at project management, verbal and written communication, critical thinking, and processing large quantities of complex information.

You'll also have access to a range of training and development opportunities that will both support your studies and enhance your employability, allowing you to get the most out of your time at Leeds.

School opportunities

There are many opportunities within our School to gain valuable skills and experience.

To support research activities such as attending conferences or visiting specialist archives, you can apply for a grant of up to £750, which you can claim at any point throughout your programme.

You can teach our undergraduate students, allowing you to share your knowledge while learning how to instruct, inspire and coordinate a group.

You can further strengthen your communication skills by presenting your work at the monthly student-led English Postgraduate Seminar, or practise your teamwork by helping to organise it.

You'll also have the chance to support your fellow postgraduate researchers and create positive change by acting as a Student Representative for our School.

University opportunities

The University of Leeds is very highly regarded both in the UK and abroad. Whether you decide to pursue a career in academia or another sector, you'll have access to a wide range of development opportunities including:


Samuel Perks PhD English

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“If you finish a PhD, and all you’ve got at the end of it is a PhD, you’ve failed.” – Wisdom from my supervisor, who encouraged me to take every opportunity to present workshops, lead reading groups, organise guest speaker events and roundtables, and dive into teaching and lecturing.
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