The PhD programme at Heriot-Watt is designed to provide PhD students with the research and employability skills necessary for an academic career.

It also encourages and facilitates personal development, networking and collaborations both within and external to Heriot-Watt. In addition to the formal training, the PhD community hold regular informal training and brainstorming sessions to work through any technical or theory issues that members of the cohort may be experiencing and to share and further develop their own knowledge and expertise.

PhD Forum

A PhD Forum has been initiated, at which PhD students can discuss any problems or issues they may be experiencing as part of their PhD project. The forum also provides employability and career development sessions that facilitate CV building and career advice. For example, Professor Roszaini Haniffa, joint editor of the Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, and Dr Prabir Bhattacharya, editor-in-chief of the Progress in Development Studies Journal, held a session on what journal editors are looking for in journal submissions and provided advice on how to deal with reviewer comments. Sessions specifically aimed at employability skills development, CV building, applying for jobs and preparing for job interviews have also been delivered. 

Research Futures

Research Futures offer skills and career development workshops to help students to succeed in their doctorate and future research career. These workshops enable development of the transferable skills needed further along a research career and beyond academia. The workshops are run for all PGR students, and thus provides an opportunity to meet other students from across the Schools here at Heriot-Watt. The workshops are also mapped to the four domains of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF). For more information, visit the Research Futures webpage

The PhD programme is not all work and no play. Social events such as coffee mornings, pizza nights etc. to which guest speakers are also invited are a regular feature.

The community also engage in charitable and fundraising events.

The research profiles of our current students are available here

Read the PhD Newsletter:

November 2017 Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter