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University Graduate College: Enhancing the experience of Postgraduate Researchers

Career prospects

Cardiff Graduate 500 x 280Our research postgraduates are in high demand.

In our increasingly knowledge-based economy, employers place significant value on research skills. There are new opportunities opening up in research and employers increasingly recognise the advanced skills that research graduates bring.

At Cardiff we emphasise:

  • research methods and skills
  • transferable and professional skills
  • the capacity to work across disciplinary boundaries

Going places - destinations of Cardiff graduates

The Destinations of Leavers statistics show that 94% of our postgraduate research graduates were in employment or further study after the first six months of graduation (for graduates between 2012 and 2013). 

Professional and Career Development

The University Graduate College and Careers & Employability offer a range of courses, services and events to help you with your career after your research degree. 

Work placements

Some postgraduate programmes and projects offer the opportunity of paid and unpaid work placements.

Student Enterprise

Student Enterprise offers skills development workshops, events, competitions and support for aspiring entrepreneurs.

As a research graduate from Cardiff, you could be attractive to employers for your:

  • thorough understanding of your chosen research area
  • ability to familiarise yourself with new and complex issues
  • range of transferable and professional skills
  • questioning and inquiring attitude
  • self-confidence to articulate and defend your ideas and approaches
  • problem-solving skills and determination to find new and better ways to tackle difficulties
  • strong communication, management, team-working and leadership skills

Destinations of our postgraduate research students

For leavers between 2013 and 2014.