Careers Service

PhD Horizons Careers Conference

The Careers Service hosts an annual one-day PhD Horizons Career Conference dedicated to showcasing the breadth of career opportunities open to PhD graduates of the University of Edinburgh.

The Conference offers the following opportunities for PhD students, post-docs, and early career researchers:

  • Thirty inspiring speakers from a wide range of occupations
  • Advice for making the most of your doctorate in today’s challenging recruitment market
  • One-to-one drop-in sessions with Careers Consultants

2017 Conference

Tuesday 6 June 2017

University of Edinburgh – David Hume Tower

Sessions will cover careers in:

  • Third sector
  • Business and technology
  • Creative industries
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Non-academic science
  • Science communication
  • Policy and non-academic research
  • Professional roles in higher education
  • Academia


View the current programme for the day below.  Please note that the programme is subject to change due to cancellation by speakers as a result of other commitments.


Including speakers from:

Bitesize Bio, Edinburgh Science Festival, Imaginary Plane, Biogelx, Wood Mackenzie, Cushman and Wakefield, the National Health Service, Eurofins, Witherby Publishing Group Limited, MRC Regulatory Support Centre, McCann Medical, Support After Suicide Partnership, Creative Scotland, National Museums Scotland, Tailor Ed Foundation, Midlothian Council, the University of Edinburgh, the Roslin Institute, the University of Salford and more!

View speaker biographies below.

Why take part?

The PhD is an excellent and versatile preparation for a wide range of careers.  It nurtures the very skills that employers value… Furthermore, there is evidence that these benefits are not restricted to the individual with the PhD; employers have reported that doctoral graduates encourage, support and inspire those they work alongside to achieve more and better.  Doctoral graduates ask questions, bring new ideas and knowledge to a company and offer fresh perspectives on old problems.

So, I hope that this careers conference will broaden your horizons, and help you to find a fulfilling career that makes the most of your special skills.

Professor Jeremy BradshawAssistant Principal Researcher Development

Open to all PhD students at the University of Edinburgh, as well as early career researchers and post-docs, the conference will inspire you to think broadly about career prospects beyond the PhD and give you access to the valuable experience of former PhD graduates pursuing careers both within and out with the academy.

Book your place on MyCareerHub.

Please note if you are a member of research staff you may not be able to sign up on MyCareerHub so contact Sharon Maguire to book your place.