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Postgraduate Researcher Development


Welcome to Postgraduate Researcher Development at Cambridge. This section is designed to help supervisors and advisors of postgraduate students to navigate the researcher development opportunities available at Cambridge.

The Postgraduate Researcher Development Team

We are the University's core, central provider for the development of PhD students as researchers. Researcher Development encompasses all the learning and development relevant to a PhD student's time at Cambridge, helping them to become professional researchers.

The development opportunities we offer are aligned with the Cambridge Researcher Development Framework (CamRDF), which maps the skills needed to become a professional researcher: somebody who is able to conduct up-to-date research in an interdisciplinary and international environment. Our development opportunities span a mix of live (in-person and online) and self-study formats.

There are also many opportunities available to students from other providers, and through experiential learning. These include (but are by no means limited to) the Careers Service, Cambridge University Libraries, Public Engagement, the Language Centre, the Research Strategy Office and the Entrepreneurship Centre.

Student Wellbeing

We actively encourage postgraduate students to maintain a healthy work/life balance during the course of their studies. There may be times where a student needs support for their wellbeing; below is a list of potential resources you may wish to point them towards, or to help you support them more effectively.