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Postgraduate Researcher Development


The Cambridge Researcher Development Framework presented as four sections in a ring


Cambridge Researcher Development Framework

Your research degree is a time of training during which you will develop the skills needed to become a professional researcher.

The Cambridge Researcher Development Framework (CamRDF) maps out what is involved in conducting up-to-date, professional research, in what is an ever more interdisciplinary and international context. It breaks this down into fifteen competencies, all of which are highly valued and sought after by employers - both within and beyond academia.

The work required to complete your research and write your PhD thesis is one part of that process itself, but you will also be able to learn through formal development opportunities, using that learning in your research, and by applying your skills in non-research situations.

The competencies are grouped into four inter-connected areas. You can explore these by clicking on the relevant parts of the framework.

Research Expertise Career Progression Engaging Others Personal Effectiveness