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Academic development support for International postgraduate students

The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) provides a range of help and resources to support international postgraduate students to succeed with their studies.

New international students

Support for Taught Postgraduates

Many of our online learning resources are aimed at understanding the teaching and learning culture of Edinburgh while developing your academic skills.

Our Succeeding at Masters webpages provide advice and guidance on culture shock, dealing with changing subjects, and key features of postgraduate level study. We also run many workshops (on-campus and online) that can help you transition into your masters, covering topics from presentations to critical analysis.

Support for Research Postgraduates

The IAD offers a range of support and courses for international postgraduate students.

We also run the COMPASS Programme for new international postgraduates studying in Scotland.This provides students the opportunity to socialise, network and learn about Scotland, as well as professional and career information and advice on transferable skills training.

Excursions, courses and resources

We currently have trips to Glencoe and the Scottish Parliament organised as well as Academic Communication Skills and a Career Development Session.

We also offer courses on getting started with your PhD and a range of Writing courses, as well as ‘Postgraduate Essentials’ which is an interactive online orientation course for new doctoral researchers.

Prepare for success - for taught and research students

Prepare for Success is a really useful web tool aimed at both taught and research students whose first language is not English.