Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development


During your time at Strathclyde you will gain a range of valuable skills beyond the in-depth knowledge and understanding of your researcher topic.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) is a unique approach to the training of postgraduate research students (PGRs), which aims to differentiate Strathclyde doctoral graduates in an increasingly competitive employment market. It provides a framework that helps you identify your development needs and build a training plan to meet those needs. Engaging with your professional development through the PG Cert RPD will enhance your research skills and improve your employability, all directly supporting your readiness to secure the job you want.

The PG Cert RPD allows you to gain experience across four broad areas:

  • Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Governance and Organisation
  • Engagement, Influence and Impact

You'll learn how to evaluate your experiences against competencies relevant to professional researchers, and how to communicate your skills, knowledge and attributes to potential employers.

Reflecting on your experiences through essays will help you understand what you learned, and how you can apply that learning to your research and future career.

The PG Cert RPD reflects and rewards the full range of activities our postgraduate researchers undertake while at Strathclyde, and demonstrates to employers that you are committed to your own professional development.