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University Graduate College: Enhancing the experience of Postgraduate Researchers

Career prospects

Cardiff Graduate 500 x 28087% of our research postgraduates were in employment within six months of graduation.

In our increasingly knowledge-based economy, employers place significant value on research skills. There are new opportunities opening up in research and employers increasingly recognise the advanced skills that research graduates bring.

At Cardiff we emphasise:

  • research methods and skills
  • transferable and professional skills
  • the capacity to work across disciplinary boundaries

Going places - destinations of Cardiff graduates

The latest Destinations of Leavers statistics show that 92% of our postgraduate research graduates were in employment or further study after the first six months of graduation (for graduates between 2010 and 2013). 

Careers advice

Our Careers & Employability Centre can help you develop your career plans after graduation. The Centre offers advice on the vocational implications of specific schemes, possible sources of funding and much more.

Career Development Programme

The University Graduate College provides a range of courses around Career Development specifically for research students. 

Networking events

We host a variety of events throughout the year that will enable you to meet employers seeking to recruit recent graduates.

Paid work placements

As a postgraduate you can also benefit from the experience of paid and unpaid work placements.

Student Enterprise

Student Enterprise offers skills development workshops, events, competitions and support for aspiring entrepreneurs.

In particular, Student Enterprise organises i-Solve, which is open to all postgraduate students and research staff at Cardiff University and allows you to get involved in exploring commercial opportunities for breakthrough technologies being developed within the University.

As a research graduate from Cardiff, you will be attractive to employers for your:

  • thorough understanding of your chosen research area
  • ability to familiarise yourself with new and complex issues
  • range of transferable and professional skills
  • questioning and inquiring attitude
  • self-confidence to articulate and defend your ideas and approaches
  • problem-solving skills and determination to find new and better ways to tackle difficulties
  • strong communication, management, team-working and leadership skills

Destinations of our postgraduate research students

PGT Destination of Leavers 2010-13 full
For leavers between 2010 and 2013.


Our recent graduates have been successful in gaining posts at some of the top universities in the UK and International as well as other top employers around the world, including: