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Doing A PhD At Cumbria

What a Research Degree Means For You

Be a part of The Graduate School at the University of Cumbria as a PhD Research student. Join a focussed and friendly group who will guide and support you through every step of your PhD journey.

By choosing to study a PhD, you will be making world changing discoveries within your subject area and working with experts to achieve your goals. As you come to an end of your studies, our PhD supervisors will help prepare you for your future whether you delve deeper into your subject or explore a career outside of academia. 

Our planning resources and tools below will help you to enhance your experience at Cumbria.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions by emailing our team via

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The Training Needs Analysis Planning Tool

As a student, you can use this form to plan your activities for the upcoming year and subsequent years of your PhD.

At your first meeting with your supervisor you may discuss initial training needs for your research project and they may recommend further training.

Training Needs Analysis
Vitae: Realising the potential of researchers

The Researcher Development Framework

The Researcher Development Framework is a tool for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers in higher education.

Get an overview of the framework guidelines on the Vitrae website.

Learn More About the RDF

Discover our Research Workshops

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The Research and Knowledge Exchange delivers our Research Skills Development Programme, which provides a range of free workshops for all staff and postgraduate research students. 

Take a look at our recommendations and find out about upcoming workshops.


On-Campus Study Facilities

We have three dedicated 24/7 access Postgraduate Research Study Rooms which you can use as part of your studies on our campuses:

  • Lancaster - Bishop Cross (next to the library)
  • Carlisle - Fusehill Street - Bowscale (ground floor)
  • Ambleside - Charlotte Mason (ground floor)

If you wish to use the rooms please contact the for the key codes for Carlisle & Lancaster, and how to access Ambleside. All rooms are available to all research students. You can also update your personal details through the Student Hub.