Academic and professional development

As a doctoral student at LSE, you are a member of a vibrant community of researchers working on some of the most fascinating social science questions of our time.

In support of your 'community of excellence', the PhD Academy provides a number of opportunities for professional development and networking that complements the support you receive from your supervisors at departmental level.

The additional professional development opportunities we provide aim to ensure that you leave LSE able to:

  • communicate and disseminate your ideas to a range of different audiences and stakeholders, via different media, within and beyond the academy
  • demonstrate that you have acquired the organisational, research, project management, collaborative and leadership skills that will make you attractive to different labour markets

What does the Academic and Professional Development Programme involve?

The PhD Academy runs a series of short courses which offer you help at the different stages of your PhD. These include support in core skills such as writing, constructing a thesis, managing your time effectively, coaching for timely completion as well as preparing for upgrade and your viva.

Our courses help you promote your ideas outside of LSE and prepare you for the job market. See our events and courses.

LSE is also part of the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network that allows doctoral students to participate in events across member institutions.

Suggest a professional development session

Many of the professional development sessions we run have been suggested by students. If you have a new idea for a session please email phdacademy@lse.ac.uk.

Dr Sarabajaya Kumar directs the Academy’s Academic and Professional Development Programme for doctoral students.