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Study skills support

From our award-winning Academic Families scheme to the workshops offered by the Institute for Academic Development, there are plenty of resources across the University to help support your study and enhance your skills.

Career development

Students from our programmes enter a wide range of professions including research, public engagement and industry.


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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.

IT and library skills

Brush up your IT skills and learn how to make full use of the University's libraries.

Peer-assisted learning

At the University of Edinburgh, more experienced students support newcomers in their transition to university and beyond, while our award-winning Academic Families scheme helps you adapt to university life and study.

Postgraduate funding

We appreciate that funding your studies can be stressful, and knowing where to search for sources of funding is difficult. Here we hope to bring together guidance and resources from across the University.

Study skills

As well as offering one-to-one teaching and award-winning peer group support, we can direct you to other departments offering a wide range of study skills services for students including workshops, factsheets, advice and learning resources.

Top tips for exam success

Here we outline some basic steps for examination success. This isn't an exhaustive list and you should approach the Institute for Academic Development if you feel you would like help developing your study skills.