• Building a Successful Career in Scientific Research: A Guide for PhD Students and Postdocs, Phil Dee, Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • How To Get a PhD: a handbook for students and their supervisors, Estelle M. Phillips and Derek S. Pugh, Open University Press, 2010
  • Managing your Academic Career, Wyn Grant with Philippa Sherrington, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006
  • Moving On in Your Career: A guide for academic researchers and postgraduates, Lynda Ali and Barbara Graham, RoutledgeFalmer, 2000
  • Successful Research Careers: A Practical Guide, Sara Delmont and Paul Atkinson, Open University Press, 2004
  • The Academic Career Handbook,  Lorraine Blaxter, Christina Hughes and Malcolm Tight, Open University Press, 1998
  • The Research Student's Guide to Success, Pat Cryer, Open University Press, 2006

Downloadable publications

Dr Anna Zimdars, who contributed videos to this site has also written a guide for PhD researchers. This is available as a pdf download from the University of Manchester Humanities Researcher Development website

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, AGCAS, has a series of publications aimed at research staff considering their next career move, inside or outside academia. They are available as pdf downloads from:


The Vitae website has many useful resources for researchers, whether they are aiming at an academic or non-academic career. Some sections of particular interest to aspiring academics are:

The Graduate Prospects website includes a section aimed at PhDs with information, including example CVs, for careers inside or outside academia

In addition to being the main source of online job adverts for UK universities, also has a growing archive of career articles and advice for those in academia:


Further support

If you are currently studying or working in a university, you may also be able to access other resources, training or support provided by your institution. Try asking academics, any staff or student training departments or your Careers Service to see what is available.
If you are currently studying or working at the University of Manchester, there are further details of support available to you on this website: