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Postgraduate Researcher Development


Skills Analysis Survey

It can be overwhelming to know where to start when you're a new postgraduate student. The first thing we recommend doing is completing the Skills Analysis Survey. This will take you through the Cambridge Researcher Development Framework (CamRDF), which maps out the core competencies you need as a professional researcher, and give you an idea of where your strengths and areas of focus are.

Foundational Development

Then, we suggest getting started with the set of introductory courses below, to make sure you have a solid foundation and help you develop an idea of where you need to focus your energy next.

Sciences, Technology & Medicine:
Starting your PhD

Starting your PhD: booking page

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences:
Get a Head Start on your PhD

Get a head start on your PhD: booking page

First Meetings with your Supervisor

First meetings with your supervisor: booking page

Working with your Supervisor

Working with your supervisor: booking page

Time Management Toolkit

Time Management Toolkit: enrolment instructions

Presentation Skills Toolkit

Presentation Skills Toolkit: enrolment instructions

Once you've completed the above, check out our Workshops and our Online Resources to see where to head next, based on your reflections from the Skills Analysis. Remember that you can always look for One-to-One Support if you're unsure about any aspect of your professional development.