The University of Southampton
Doctoral College

Supporting you as a researcher

From our Doctoral College professional development programme to faculty-based initiatives, technical training and online tools, there is a wealth of support available to help you succeed in your research and enhance your career prospects.

Doctoral College Welcome Sessions

Come along to a Doctoral College Welcome Session (held October and February each academic year for new doctoral researchers) to find out how we can support you throughout your PhD journey.

Find out more here.

Doctoral College Professional Development Programme

Visit the Professional Development Programme pages to see our broad range of training opportunities – including face-to-face workshops and online learning resources.

Explore the Professional Development Programme.

Faculty Graduate Schools

Your faculty’s Graduate School will run induction and development initiatives as well as offering opportunities to network and showcase your work.

Visit the website for your faculty or subject area to find out more.

Doctoral Training Centres

The University hosts and participates in a number of centres for doctoral training (CDTs) which give research students the skills they need to address some of society’s biggest challenges, including climate change, energy, our ageing population and high-tech crime.

Find out more about our CDTs.

Visiting Research Students (VRS)

The University plays host to a number of visiting doctoral researchers each year, both from the UK and abroad. This offers postgraduate researchers the opportunity to undertake part of their research at our world-class institution and to join a vibrant academic community.

Find out more about becoming a Visiting Research Student

PGR Tracker

An online record of the training you undertake and other aspects of your progress towards your research degree.

Log into PGR Tracker.

Researcher Portal

Current students can find a range of resources on the Researcher Portal, accessed via SUSSED. It acts as a one-stop shop for information and support about all aspects of the research project life cycle, including funding, research integrity and commercialisation.

Log in to access resources on the Researcher Portal.

Your career

The University’s Careers and Employability Service works collaboratively with the various academic services and the Doctoral College to help you identify and work towards you career aspirations.

Find out more on the Careers and Employability Service website.

For postgraduate researchers who choose to stay at Southampton to begin their research career, the Working as a Researcher will give you more information about the support available to research staff.

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