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Career Orientated Training

SGSSS supports students to develop skills that will be useful for academic and non-academic careers.

Business Booster Training

SGSSS Business Booster training is designed to support you in developing industry-facing skills that could heighten the impact of your research and increase your employability post-PhD. Following a successful programme in 2019/20, the Business Booster programme will return in an online format in 2020/21. The programme will be led by Dr Joanna Young of Electv Training and involve structured workshops as well as the opportunity to troubleshoot real-life business problems with business leaders.

Why get involved?
  • Build your understanding the business landscape and opportunities to heighten impact
  • Develop tools and techniques to communicate with industry
  • Gain opportunities to network with industry
  • Develop your understanding of Intellectual Property for collaboration

Plus plenty of opportunities to network with and get to know fellow PhD students through groupwork and shared activities.

How to apply

The Business Booster Programme will be open for applications from early November. More information about the application process and eligibility will be posted online here. In the meantime, please contact if you have any questions. 

Last year’s participants said...

"Thanks for providing this training, I found it incredibly useful not only for when I finish my PhD but even at this early stage, it’s shaped how I’ve approached industry organisations for fieldwork and has been very useful." "The course has given me an understanding of key elements needed when working with a business; for example, a project needs clear communication, expectation management and key milestones. It has also introduced me to the value of a pilot project as a way to develop a strategic partnership."


The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) runs a professional internship scheme for PhD students at Scotland’s universities in their second and third years of study. Currently offered by public sector organisations through two open calls each year, PhD internships enable organisations to access the talent of an early career social science researcher for a three-month period to deliver a specific piece of work whilst developing a range of transferable skills for our researchers.