Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Courses & events

Information on our training courses and events for doctoral researchers, including course details, eligibility, and how to book.

*Issues with A-Z Course List page** The webpage below listing our current IAD workshops for doctoral researchers is intermittently showing as 'page unavailable'. We have raised this with IS. In the meantime, if the page is not working when you click it, please either try again later, or visit the University's Event Booking website https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/ and select Provider - Institute for Academic Development from the drop down list. You should be able to view and book currently open workshops from there. Please note, many of our 19/20 workshops are not yet open for booking.

A–Z Course list

The course directory provides a list of all face-to-face courses run for doctoral researchers by the IAD.

Workshops by theme

IAD workshops for postgraduate researchers by theme.

Workshops mapped to the Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Workshops mapped against the UK's Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

Humanities & Social Science

Training courses for PhD researchers in the College of Humanities & Social Science. Topics: research planning; professional development; academic writing and communication.

Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Training courses for PhD researchers in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine. Topics: research planning; professional development; academic writing and communication.

Science & Engineering

Training courses for PhD researchers in the College of Science & Engineering. Topics: research planning; professional development; academic writing and communication.

Training information

Course eligibility, booking and cancelling instructions, and contact information for the IAD researcher development team.

Online courses

PhD student online training courses (topics include statistics; imaging; academic writing; and data management). Some you can do any time, and others run at specific times of the year.

Edinburgh Local GRADSchool

The Edinburgh local GRADschool is an experiential 3.5 day non-residential learning course, designed for doctoral researchers in the last 18 months of their PhD, aiming to raise participants’ awareness of their personal and professional transferable skills.

Prepare for doctoral success

Prepare for Doctoral Success is a 4-week, interactive online course for all doctoral researchers at the University of Edinburgh.

Mid-semester welcome event

Postgraduate students arriving after Welcome Week still have the opportunity to attend University welcome events. Find out more here.

Courses for tutoring and demonstrating

Taking on  a part-time tutoring or demonstrating role? To supplement School-based support, we provide generic training courses and resources designed for all tutors and demonstrators across the University.

Courses and resources for tutors and demonstrators