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Researcher Development for Postgraduate Research Students

This page contains information on professional development training available to postgraduate students as well as links to the Graduate School, Library Services, Vitae, career support, AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training and research bursaries

Please direct any queries relating to researcher development to The Graduate School at

For all other postgraduate student-related queries contact The Graduate School via the appropriate faculty mailbox:

Arts, Design & Social Sciences 
Business & Law 
Engineering & Environment 
Health & Life Sciences  

Professional Development and Researcher Training Programme

Please click here to access the Professional Development and Researcher Training Programme. 

To enrol on a session please click here to access the calendar of events.

A number of our courses are now available on Blackboard via our Researcher Development at Northumbria organisation page - click here to find out how to access the courses.

All programme delivery is subject to a minimum number of registered participants. We will notify you 48 hours prior to the session if it will not run because of this.

If you are no longer able to attend a session remember to cancel your booking via the online booking system. You must cancel at least 48 hours ahead of the scheduled programme. 

As a reminder, at your Annual Progression you are required to report details of all completed training and development to the Panel.

The research section within e:Vision will now be used by postgraduate students to record an ORCiD identifier and maintain an overall record of Professional Development and Research Training. Please refer to the Postgraduate Progression, Supervision and Development pages on the Graduate School's webpages for guidance and support in using e:Vision.

Researcher Development Personal Planner

Using the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, we have created a planner for postgraduate researchers to use annually when thinking about their own development, and planning which training events to attend.  It can also be a useful document to use in supervision meetings.  Click here to view and download the planner.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition 2020

Northumbria runs a competition each year for all 2nd and 3rd year Postgraduate Research students (or part time equivalents).

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. The exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Due to the ongoing issues surrounding Covid-19, this year the competition is going to be held virtually, w/c 8th June 2020.  Deadline for entries is 5th June 2020. There is an information and support session for those interested in participating on 19th May 2020 via Microsoft Teams. To book a place go to our calendar of events.

Bursaries and Funding

There are currently two bursary schemes available to postgraduate research students (i.e. those registered for an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate).

We currently subscribe to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding.  This guide can help you identify and apply for various funding resources.

Support for Postgraduate Research Students

Please follow this link to a range of support and resources around disability, faith, counselling and mental health support, finance, welfare and international student support.

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Finding a job that is right for you can take some time, so plan your job search with this in mind. As a research student you will have spent a significant amount of time sourcing and analysing information on your research topic. Searching for a job is very similar and your research skills will be put to good use when looking for a job. Use the resources available to gain more information on the process of finding jobs and tips on developing your strategy.

  • Apply to attend the career-focused workshops within the Professional Development and Research Training Programme which are run in collaboration with Research and Innovation Services and the Careers Service 
  • Northumbria University’s Careers Service provides information on career planning for all students; click here for further information
  • Research Councils UK provides a number of useful case studies of academic and research careers; click here to access

Centres for Doctoral Training

The CDT webpage provides information on the Centre and the training opportunities available to current studentship holders and students in Arts and Design.

English Language Information and Support for International PGR Students

Northumbria University provides information and support for international PGR students here.

This includes access to the English and Study Skills (including Summer School); details of which can be found here.

Ethical Approval

Ethical approval must be obtained for all research projects prior to the commencement of the research. Please refer to the ethics and governance webpages for further guidance and the link to the Ethics Online system.

The Graduate School

Please click here to access the Graduate School webpage.

Researcher Development Bitesize Guide

Researcher Development Framework - Vitae

Reseracher Development Framework - Vitae

Development of generic or transferable skills is increasingly important as part of doctoral programmes. Vitae is a national organisation which champions professional and career development for researchers. Vitae's website and courses provide excellent resources to help research degree students assess and develop their personal effectiveness, networking and team working, communication and career management skills. Click here for more information.

Reseacr H-wheel

Researcher Development at Northumbria University's Library

Access Researcher Development at Northumbria University's Library.

Health and Safety Guidance and Contact Information

Health and Safety Guidance and Contact Information for Postgraduate Research Students can be found at the following links:

External Health and Safety webpage
Risk Assessment Library


Northumbria Research Link

Northumbria Research Link (NRL) is an open access repository of Northumbria University's research output.


Research Staff Profiles

Our students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject, whose teaching is shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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