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Careers and Enterprise

Non Academic Careers

Where might your research take you, beyond academia? Find support in our QM Plus pages. For quick input use the three links under the headings below, which help divide up possible future careers by helping you think of ways you can use your research knowledge or skills. 

Book an appointment or attend a careers event for further career development insights.

News and vacancies from the UK’s social research association. Find similar professional bodies for different research methodologies.

PhDs and postdocs are often interested in using their research skills in policy or advocacy roles. is the best starting point for careers in life science research

Use this site as a starting point, and Getting into Data Science [PDF 89KB] for places to use your data analysis or coding skills

A site for those interested in UK arts organisations

Your PhD or research project has been a huge undertaking: this organisation supports training and development in project management.

Use the knowledge and experience you have, from your time as a researcher, to work within Higher Education supporting research activity.

There are many organisations related to the work of UK universities; use this one to find jobs across the main funders.

The Research on Research Institute translates ideas and evidence into practical, real world solutions to improve research culture and systems.

Medcomms is a branch of science communication; this site has everything you need to find out more – events, videos, and useful online resources

Researchers are often interested in publishing careers and academic publishers often hire PhDs initially as editors.

While you’re still at QMUL, take the opportunity to learn techniques to improve the way you communicate your research by participating in this competition

Find teaching opportunities while you are studying, specifically for PhDs, or join the Researchers In Schools programme when you’ve finished.

The main UK government website supporting candidates into teaching roles and explaining the various schemes

Find out more about teaching in higher education at this site, dedicated to improving HE practice.

While the Fast Stream looks likely to be closed in 2022, it is worth looking for direct entry routes into other Civil Service roles. 

Researchers in health and life sciences are often interested in improving NHS processes for patient benefit. Consultancy can often involve implementation stages and employers look for the quick ability to learn and process information that researchers can bring.

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