Doctoral College


The Doctoral College run several events throughout the year that give you an introduction to the research community at Queen Mary as well as chance to develop new skills and meet and collaborate with other researchers. 

Queen Mary PhD Student Induction

Queen Mary's PhD Student Induction is open to all beginning PhD students. Induction runs three times a year, once at the beginning of each semester. It is a chance for the Doctoral College to welcome you formally. You will be able to meet the Deputy-Deans for research and find out more about the life of a PhD student at Queen Mary and the training and support you can expect to receive.

The 2019/20 Semester 2 induction took place in February 2020. Please find copies of the various presentations below:

The 2019/20 Semester 3 induction has been cancelled.

The 2020/21 Semester 1 induction will take place on 29 September 2020

Venue: Octagon, Queens' Building, Mile End campus.

This induction is not currently open for registration.

Queen Mary PhD Student Induction Week

In addition to the main PhD Induction there are a number of information sessions, drop-in sessions and tours of the library facilities open to PhD students during the week of the PhD Induction. The programme of available sessions will be published here closer to the time of the PhD Induction. 

Cohort Training Days

Cohort training days provide specific researcher development training tailored to a specific year of PhD research. Not only will these help you to make the most out of your time as PhD student but you will have the chance to meet, chat and work with fellow PhD students from different disciplines across Queen Mary.


First Year Cohort Day: Maximising the Impact of Conferences and Networking

At this stage in the PhD some students have already attended conferences, and many will be thinking about it. Networking is very important at conferences, but many students are unsure how to go about it; recent surveys of PhD graduates have shown that networking skills are one of the main things they wish they had developed more effectively during their PhD.

2019/20 date – 06 July 2020 (online event)

More information on this course can be found on the Doctoral College Blog


Second Year Cohort Day: Understanding the impact of your research

This event gives PhD students the opportunity to find out about ‘impact’ and what it means to researchers, the college and the Research Councils, as well as to consider the impact or potential impact of their own research and how this can be communicated to others.

2019/20 date – 20 February 2020


Third Year Cohort Day: Employability

The third Doctoral Cohort Day focuses on helping students make plans for life beyond the PhD, whether they decide to follow a career within or outside of academia.

2020/21 date – 08 September 2020


Graduate Festival

GradFest is a series of training and development events organised by PhD students for PhD students. GradFest normally takes place in February.  The call for events happens in late October and allows PhD students to apply for funding to run events as part of the festival. 

The next Graduate Festival will take place in 2021. For more information please see the GradFest website