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Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme

Thanks to funding received from the Department of Employment and Learning and the UK Research Council, postgraduate research students at Queen’s University have access to training and development opportunities within the Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme.


The Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme exists to support research students in the development of research skills and to enhance their employability through career and personal development.


The Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme is based on the requirements of both the Postgraduate Researcher Development Statement and Researcher Development Framework.  These have been created by Vitae, an organisation that exists to support the professional and personal development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.  They have been endorsed by the QAA and Research Council UK.

The Programme offers students a comprehensive range of training courses, 1-2-1 support and skills development opportunities and is co-ordinated by the Postgraduate Training Team, based in the International and Postgraduate Student Centre.

The Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme aims to support Postgraduate Research Students in developing a range of professional skills to successfully complete their research and increase their employability.

This is provided through:

  • Training courses
  • On-line learning
  • Personal effectiveness programmes
  • Student-led initiatives
  • 1-2-1 consultancy and advice