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The Department of Chemistry aims to provide all postgraduate students with excellent and relevant postgraduate training and education, careers advice and researcher development opportunities. 

Academic Lectures & Workshops

Students have the freedom to choose their own bespoke series of academic and careers lectures and workshops from our extensive and evolving range, which directly supports both research and the broader chemistry knowledge base desired by our yearly cohort of students. 

Fundamental subjects run annually and other run on a 3-year rotation. If you would like to know more please take a look at our Training Programme.

Careers-Centred Sessions

In conjunction with sessions provided by the central University Careers Service, in-house careers-centred sessions are provided within the 3-year rotation scheme by Chemistry Department alumni who have gone on to careers in a multitude of different areas, thus informing career choice decisions of the current cohort with those from the past in an informal setting. The University Careers Service also provides an excellent independent resource for all Cambridge postgraduate students. 

Researcher Development

The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) offers you a wide variety of workshops, courses and events that help you in becoming a professional researcher. In order to provide you with some guidance on what to engage with, the RDP have developed the  Cambridge Researcher Development Framework (CamRDF). It is based on the national RDF and developed for University of Cambridge PhD students. The CamRDF suggests 15 competencies that are valued by both academic and non-academic employers in an increasingly interdisciplinary and international context. Some of those skills are naturally enhanced during the everyday research life, but others will need some help.