As a researcher at Cranfield you will become a member of the Cranfield Doctoral Network, providing you with opportunities to share your research and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment.

The Cranfield Doctoral Network comprises eight doctoral communities, which are aligned with the University’s themes. These communities enable you to participate in a programme of events including seminars, lectures and other initiatives within each theme. The doctoral communities also run events which students from all eight communities are encouraged to attend. These events provide an opportunity for you to develop your interdisciplinary knowledge.

The Cranfield Doctoral Network holds an annual conference where you will have the opportunity to showcase your research and network with your peers from across the University.

The Network looks to enhance and enrich the experience of our researchers, including those who are based off site. Its activities are complimented by extensive resources offered through the Doctoral Researchers' Core Development (DRCD) programme, which is based on the established VITAE National Researcher Development Framework. It encompasses four key areas of development: knowledge and intellectual abilities; personal effectiveness; research governance and organisation; and engagement, influence and impact.

Doctoral Researchers' Core Development (DRCD) programme

DRCD wheel

Our programme supports you as a researcher and provides a framework for you to base your ongoing professional development in your future career. It is offered through a variety of routes: face-to-face workshops, interactive lectures, webinars, online material and other resources. While every PhD is unique our resources are linked to typical key stages of your research journey to support you as require.


The transferable employability and personal development skills will not just support you in in your time at Cranfield but they are also highly valued by future employers.