Information for new History, Classics and Archaeology postgraduates

Induction Week marks the start of your time at Edinburgh. It is designed to allow you to register for your courses, attend introductory sessions, explore the University and meet your fellow students.

Welcome to our Graduate School

Thank you for accepting your offer to study in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, we look forward to meeting you in September.

Induction Week starts on Monday 8 September 2014.

During Induction Week there are lots of events organised; both academic and social. You must attend some key activities, which are a compulsory part of your degree programme; find out what your next steps are here.

The draft timetable of activities is available below.

On this page
Attend the Graduate School Induction
Plan your course choices
Meet your Personal Tutor (taught programmes)
Meet your Supervisor (research programmes)
Find out more in your Induction Pack
Checklist: what you need to do next
How to find us and how to keep in touch

Attend the Graduate School Induction

The Graduate School Induction Day takes place on Monday 8 September from 10.00 to 15.45 and all new postgraduate students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Confirm your attendance

Confirming your attendance is a required part of the registration process. Graduate School support staff will be available from 10.00-12.00 in room 2.36, William Robertson Wing, to confirm your attendance.

Lunch and induction programme

Lunch will provide an opportunity to meet with fellow students and members of staff and will be followed by our Induction Afternoon, which largely takes place in Teviot Lecture Theatre, immediately adjacent to our building.

The afternoon session includes welcome talks from some key staff, breakout discussions with the Graduate Officers for History, Classics and Archaeology, presentations on current staff research and a Q&A session with current and former students.

The full induction programme provides further details on the afternoon’s schedule including times and locations.

Plan your course choices

You can start thinking about your course choice preferences now, and your programme directors should be in touch by email to let you know which courses relevant to your programme are running this year.

However, please note that you will not need to make any final decisions about course choices until you arrive and meet with your Programme Director, who is also your Personal Tutor.

You will also need to check the timetable for courses you want to take - provisional timetables for 2014/15 are now available (please note that the classes listed are only those offered by our School, and may still be subject to change).

Some programmes have fixed courses. If this applies to you, you won’t need to tell us about your courses, but you still need to have the form signed as evidence that you have met your Personal Tutor.

Meet your Personal Tutor (taught programmes)

Taught MSc and MSc by Research (dissertation and coursework mixed mode) students are assigned a Personal Tutor - who is also your Programme Director - and their role includes providing you with academic and pastoral guidance.

Many of you will be able to meet your Personal Tutor during 8 September, but you should also make an appointment to meet your Personal Tutor during Induction Week to agree your course choices and discuss any other matters of concern.

More information on meeting your Personal Tutor and choosing your courses can be found on the School’s induction website.

Contact your Personal Tutor

Arranging to meet your Personal Tutor will normally involve going to their office and signing up for an appointment but they may contact you directly via your student email.

More information on Personal Tutors will be available in your Induction Pack and on the School induction website below.

Deadline for return of student record form and course choices

You must return your completed and signed student record form to the Graduate School Office, room 2.29 William Robertson Wing, no later than 16.00 on Friday 12 September 2014.

Meet your Supervisor (research programmes)

Research students (PhD and MSc by Research 30,000 word dissertation mode) are assigned a primary and secondary supervisor. Your Primary Supervisor is your main point of contact for academic guidance and pastoral matters.

You should make an appointment to meet your Primary Supervisor during Induction Week, or as soon as possible the following week.

You will meet with your Primary Supervisor to agree an initial working title for your research and preliminary schedule of study for your first year.

You may also be asked to register for certain courses - although these are not required for credit in the way they are for taught MSc, we nonetheless ask you to tell us about these on your record form.

You will be given a student record form for completion when we confirm your attendance, which should detail any courses and must be signed off by your Supervisor.

Deadline for return of new student record form

You must return your completed and signed student record form to the Graduate School Office, room 2.29 William Robertson Wing, no later than 16.00 on Friday 12 September 2014.

Find out more in your Induction Pack

You will be provided with an Induction Pack at the Graduate School welcome meeting with information that will help you settle into your first semester of studies.

The Induction Pack will be available online soon; information will be updated regularly here over the coming weeks.

Checklist: what you need to do next

The University has provided a self-contained website for new students. You will find details on registering as a student, paying tuition fees and arranging accommodation. Please read through the site thoroughly, as it contains everything you need to know prior to and on arrival.

The “Getting Started” guides offer advice on preparing for university and have handy checklists of essential things to do.

How to find us

The School is located in the William Robertson Wing of the Old Medical School on Teviot place. Entrance is through the arch on Teviot Place; the School entrance is Doorway 4 at the south-west corner of the quadrangle.

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Keep in touch

If you have any further queries, in the first instance please contact the Graduate School Office team.

  • Graduate School Office - General Enquiries
  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Room 2.29, William Robertson Wing
  • Old Medical School, Teviot Place
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG
  • Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3772
  • Fax: +44 (0) 131 651 3070
The Graduate School website
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