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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion

Professional Development

All our research degrees are principally about research: you will be working towards your thesis or dissertation from the very beginning of the programme, and that is what you will be examined on at the end.

And if all you want to do while you're here is work on your thesis ... that's fine.

But for those who are looking for more from their doctoral studies, there are lots of other opportunities available. These include work as a ­teaching assistant or research assistant; design and teach your own course of extracurricular seminars; attend our training opportunities in languages, IT skills, and other relevant areas; and become a member of our lively research seminars and our professional development seminars. The latter cover a range of aspects in preparation for the academic job markets in Britain and around the world. Supervisors, the Director of Postgraduate Training and others are available for one-to-one advice on how to build a CV so as to prepare you best for securing academic employment. Furthermore, we are happy to be one of the few departments that offer mock job interviews to our students, an opportunity that has been accepted with great enthusiasm and appreciation by them.

In the past 6 years, more than 45 doctoral graduates from this Department have succesfully secured academic jobs in the UK and in 12 other countries worldwide.

We make available a full training transcript to all our students in case they need a formal record of what they have done in these areas.

If you have questions about the training we offer or what the Durham PhD involves, please contact the Postgraduate Training Coordinator.