At different phases of your PhD, it is likely that you will need different types of development support.
For a concise overview of different stages of a PhD, you may want to view our PhD planner.
This guide includes quick tips from other doctoral researchers, plus quick checklists suitable to different stages of your PhD.
This can be downloaded from this site, collected from your School postgraduate office, or obtained directly from the IAD
Whatever stage you are at, it is important to spend time thinking about what support you need, and seek out the appropriate support, from your supervisor, School / Research Institute, from us, and from appropriate external bodies.
If you haven’t already completed a skills audit, that is a good place to start. It can help you think about what development needs are most critical to your current stage of research.
We have gathered information and advice by PhD stage to help you make the right choices for you, whatever stage you are at:
Starting out: tips on what support you need from your supervisor and school, setting your initial research programme milestones, assessing what skills you need to succeed, and finding the best training to help you at this stage.
Keeping on track: tips on getting setting new milestones, assessing what skills you need now, and recommendations for internal and external training and support to help you at this important stage.
Nearing completion: tips on setting those final important milestones, writing up and submitting, planning the skills you need now and for your next career steps, and recommendations for internal and external training and support to help you at this stage.
This article was published on Feb 24, 2012