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Institute for Academic Development

The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) provides a number of workshops and resources for University of Edinburgh postgraduate taught students (online distance learners and on-campus students), to help you gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed for studying at postgraduate level.

On-Campus and Online Workshops

The IAD offers a range of on-campus and online workshops/events and one-to-one study skills sessions.

Examples of on-campus and online workshops are highlighted below and a comprehensive list and booking details can be found on the IAD website, MyEd or on the blog.

  • Critical: reading, essay planning and writing
  • Getting started with your scientific writing: who’s afraid of the big blank page
  • Time management
  • Project planning
  • Dissertation planning and writing
  • Introduction to the online library for online distance learners
  • Getting started with Endnote (bibliographic tool)
  • Preparing for exams
  • Managing your digital footprint (online presence)


There are various resources available on the IAD website, including:

  • Preparing for your studies
  • Studying at postgraduate level
  • Developing your English
  • Literature searching
  • Managing research workloads
  • Writing a postgraduate level
  • Assignments: planning and drafting
  • Critical thinking
  • Digital media
  • Guides and codes

Related links

Institute for Academic Development website

Institute for Academic Development Blog

Institute for Academic Development  on Twitter

Email the Institute for Academic Development

Managing your Digital Footprint