Careers and professional development

A food science masters degree student at the University of Leeds

Workshops and professional development courses

As a postgraduate researcher, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a number of workshops offered by the University and our dedicated researcher training and development hub as well as through the  through the University's Organisational Development and Professional Training department (OD&PL). The training and development opportunities will be tailored to reflect the demands of your current project and future employment, in line with the researcher development framework, and will include workshops covering broad skills such as:

  • research methodologies and data management
  • writing research papers
  • strategy, project planning and management
  • ethics and intellectual property.

Networking opportunities

You’ll have opportunities to attend and present at conferences and research events. This allows you to meet and network with colleagues and peers from across the academic community at national and international events.

You’ll also be able to take advantage of the Leeds Network, our online career networking tool, which gives you the chance to make contact with alumni.

Links with industry

You’ll benefit from our close working relationships with a large number of key companies and academic institutions in the UK and overseas. You’ll have the opportunity to attend industry talks, seminars and conferences where you’ll meet and network with colleagues from industry and academia.

Careers advice and support

You’re entitled to use the wide range of services offered by the University’s Careers Centre who provide a range of help and advice to assist you in planning your career and making well-informed decisions along the way.

Our employability team also organises an annual STEM careers fair, which will give you the opportunity to meet a wide range of graduate recruiters to gain an insight into graduate jobs. 

Graduate destinations

The range of careers open to you upon completion of your PhD is broad and not limited to academia, some of which are listed here:

  • Principle Healthcare Ltd - New Product Development Manager
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives    
  • University of Bahrain - Assistant Professor    
  • American University of the Middle East (AUM) - Assistant Professor    
  • Campden BRI - Process Technologist
  • RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Biotechnology -  Independent research
  • Federal University of Technology - Lecturer in Food and Analytical Chemistry    

Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our graduates are working.