Doctoral Development Programme (DDP)

Doctoral Development ProgrammeWhen you finish your PhD would you like to have a set of skills designed to increase your employability?

Take your research degree with us and take part in the Doctoral Development Programme (DDP) - a flexible training plan tailored to suit your needs.


As a doctoral researcher (PGR student) you are automatically enrolled with the DDP - there's at least one compulsory module (Professional Behaviour and Ethical Conduct) and there may be more depending on the department you study with. There's also a wealth of training opportunities, seminars and resources for you to use - and best of all, it's all free!

We realise each student joins us with a different set of skills and experience so the programme is flexible and will suit each individual's need. A Training Needs Analysis (TNA) is completed at the start of each year with your supervisor so that you can register with the training that will benefit you the most. The University wants to ensure that all doctoral researchers receive the highest quality of training and want to support you in becoming world-class researchers.  

Further information can be found on the DDP website.

What type of training is available?

The DDP covers a wide range of training. For example, you can take part in one or two part seminars that cover topics such as developing your online presence, producing an effective CV or career development. There are also taught modules which take place over the academic year to help you develop your subject knowledge. You can view a full list of the training available on the DDP website: DDP training.

Any other questions?

The DDP website has a list of FAQs that covers everything from assessment, attendance and registration: DDP FAQs

What other support is available to help me build on my personal and professional skills?

For a wide range of support, tailored for research students, you may also be interested in the following:

The Think Ahead Framework

Careers Service