Services for postgraduate and MBA students

Planning your career

Your experience of research as a PhD student may have increased your interest in pursuing a career in academia, and you may be keen to apply for a research or lecturing post in a UK or overseas university. Alternatively, you could be considering a career outside of the academic environment, and a large number of PhD students work in industry, commerce and the not for profit sector.

In order to compete effectively for your chosen career, it is important to take stock of your skills, qualities and work experience and assess how these match up with employers’ recruitment requirements. You can then put a plan of action together to help you to work towards you carer goals.   

to discuss any aspect of your career plans with a career consultant please book an appointment. You are also welcome to use our drop-in service for quick queries.

We provide a range of workshops designed specifically for research students, covering issues such as: 

  • Planning a career in academia
  • Exploring wider career options outside teaching and research at universities
  • Making effective job application, including creating  effective CVs
  • Preparing for selection interviews

The full list of workshops is provided at the start of each semester, see details below.

In addition, research students can attend any of the workshops in our general workshops programme, covering such subjects such as using Social Media For Job seeking, Assessment Centres and many others. 

Workshops For research students

Places are limited, so please make sure you book by following the links if you are interested in a particular session.

See also our employability workshops for all students.


When and where

Broadening your career horizons - academic vs. non-academic careers

Tuesday, 06 November

14:00 - 16:00

PGR Lounge Room 01.02

CVs, Applications and Introduction to LinkedIn

  • How to produce an effective ‘academic’ CV and CVs for non-academic roles and LinkedIn profile advice
  • Limited places- book now

Tuesday, 04 December

14:00 - 16:00

PGR Lounge Room 01.02


Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019

14:00 - 16:00

PGR Lounge Room 01.02

Interview skills

Thursday, 21 Feb 2019

14:00 - 16:00

PGR Lounge Room 01.02

Useful websites

  • – Jobs in teaching and research in universities and other establishments. Their careers section has useful advice for postgraduates.
  • Prospects features lots of advice for PhD students, including options for Phd students outside of academia.
  • – post doctoral opportunities worldwide.
  • – a wide ranging careers resource for researchers, including careers case studies, survey based information about what PhD students do, information about CVs, applications and interviews. Register with your University of Bradford email address to access the full range of careers information.
  • An Academic Career a site developed by the University of Manchester which provides information on: working in lecturing/research; different career paths within academia; job-seeking strategies and the recruitment and selection process.
  • – Archive Website - Career Resource for Arts and Humanities PhD Researchers.
  • - A social networking site for researchers to connect and collaborate.
  • - contains academic job listings.
  • - jobs from academics from the UK and across the world.
  • EURAXESS - aids researchers in their career development, supporting mobility and acting as a support mechanism for researchers moving abroad or moving to the UK.
  • GoinGlobal - expert advice on finding jobs overseas, including country guides, company profiles and job opportunities.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) exist to link graduates with specialised expertise to businesses who can benefit from that knowledge. They are facilitated by academic institutions (including the University of Bradford) who employ the graduate, known as an associate, for specific projects as required by the business. Projects are generally two years in duration and can lead to permanent employment by the organisation.

You may be able to study for a Masters or other postgraduate qualification alongside the KTP depending on the project, and there is a personal development fund for training courses and development related to the project.

Find out more 

KTP at the University of Bradford

If you'd like to know more about KTPs and how the University of Bradford can help you, please feel free to get in touch with the Knowledge Transfer Partnership team on 01274 236000 or via email, they are always happy to have a chat about your options.

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Services for MBA students

We have a range of services and resources to support students studying for an MBA:

Careers appointments for MBA students

Our experienced professional Career Consultants offer a range of appointments at the Emm Lane Campus, your link advisers for MBA queries are Hermione Berry and Kenneth Howgill.

See our current opening hours for Emm Lane campus.

We also offer appointments via email and Skype if you are not in Bradford - please get in touch for more details.

To book a guidance appointment: Call us on 01274 234376, call in to see us or email to arrange a convenient slot.

Please quote your full name, course and UB number. Please let us know as soon as possible if you can't attend an appointment you've booked.

  • Appointments are also available at City Campus, please call us on 01274 234991 to find out more.

Resources for MBA students


We run regular webinars throughout the year exclusively for MBA students covering careers-related topics such as Identifying Your Skills, Leveraging your MBA, Selling Yourself in a CV, Success at Interviews and more. You will receive regular updates via email with details of upcoming sessions; archived webinars are also available in Blackboard at School of Management Careers Hub, MBA Career Development Programme DL/EMBA. Email us to find out more.

MBA specialist subscribed resources

These selected specialist MBA resources are available to you as students of the University:

  • MBA Exchange - a trusted partner of top business schools to connect their students and alumni with employers, domestically and internationally: Quality career opportunities, 400+ MBA development programs, MBA Employers Directory, online recruiting events and a dedicated School of Management dashboard.

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