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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.

WorkshopWhen and where


  • To allow discussion of skills gained from PhD study and other skills in relation to career ideas.
  • See more and book now.

Thursday 7 November 10:00 – 12:00

PGR Lounge Meeting Room 01.02

Broadening Your Career Horizons

  • To introduce participants to career planning strategies, potential career options and to raise awareness of available resources
  • Book your place.

Thursday 21 November 14:00 – 16:00

PGR Lounge Meeting Room 01.02

CVs and Job Applications for Postgraduate Researchers

Thursday 5 December 14:00 – 16:00

PGR Lounge Meeting Room 01.02

Professional Networking Skills for Researchers

  • To enable participants to recognise and build their network of contacts, to boost career prospects
  • Book your place.

Wednesday 22 January 10.30 – 12:30

PGR Lounge Meeting Room 01.02

Interview Skills

Thursday 6th February 10:00 – 12:00

PGR Lounge Meeting Room 01.02

Useful websites

  • - 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

One-to-one career coaching sessions with our MBA Career Consultants are available to assist you with preparation, resilience and a career action plan that could include developing a range of professional and personal skills. Whether you are looking to change your career or take it in a new direction we are here to assist you on your career journey.

Our experienced and professional career consultants Hermione Berry and Kenneth Howgill offer appointments for MBA students. 

Book your appointment online or email to arrange a convenient slot.

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

Please quote your full name, course and UB number when making a booking.

MBA Careers Webinar Schedule Sept 2019 – April 2020

The series of one hour careers webinars are delivered by our Career Consultants via Canvas Conferencing to cover a range of time zones. Recordings will be made available afterwards here in Canvas (if you are about to graduate contact us and we can send you these individually). Save the dates in your diary and watch out for communications.


Wed 25th Sept 2019

13:00 and 19:00 BST

Winning at executive level job interviews

Fri 11th Oct 2019  

16:00 BST

The Bradford Mentoring Programme for MBAs

Wed 23rd Oct 2019

13:00 and 19:00 BST

Leveraging your MBA: Knowing your worth in the global market

Wed 13th Nov 2019

13:00 and 19:00 GMT

Networking for Career Success

Wed 27th Nov 2019

13:00 and 19:00 GMT

Salary negotiation – get the raise you deserve!

Wed 11th Dec 2019

13:00 and 19:00 GMT

LinkedIn Masterclass

Wed 15th Jan 2020

13:00 and 19:00 GMT

Time for change? How to find a job you love

Wed 12th Feb 2020

13:00 and 19:00 GMT

Intercultural Competencies for the Global Manager

Wed 11th Mar 2020

13:00 and 19:00 GMT

Develop your MBA level CV

Wed 29th Apr 2020

13:00 and 19:00 BST

Leveraging your MBA: Knowing your worth in the global market


See more details on the Canvas MBA site or email us to find out more.

Career Booster Programme

Run by the School of Management, this programme covers a range of useful employability skills. 

Resources for MBA students

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.
  • Highered - A great website specifically for School of Management students with a range of Global job opportunities, assessments and webinars.
  • AMBA: As a triple Crown Accredited School student you have access to the AMBA careers resources via their website and member area. AMBA are launching their exclusive CV 360 tool which offers members automated CV scoring, instant analysis / feedback and progress tracking . They also have some brand-new exclusively negotiated benefits coming up, including more than 25% off co-working space with Workspott, up to 35% off business books and up to 30% off car rental with Auto Europe. You can read lots more articles and award-winning content in their AMBITION hub.  It is free to join - select The University of Bradford from the drop-down and complete the short form online.

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