Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Getting Started with Postgraduate Research

Getting Started with Postgraduate Research is a 3-week, interactive online course for all new postgraduate researchers at the University of Edinburgh.

Starting a postgraduate research degree is a very exciting time, but it can also be difficult to know where to start.

Course aims

We hope this online course will help you settle into your degree by sharing essential information, tips and advice, and giving you an opportunity to interact with other students at the same stage.

Course structure, dates & time commitment

Course dates: this course will run from 19th October 2020 for 3 weeks.

Time commitment: we estimate you should expect to spend about 1-2 hours per week reading the materials and engaging with the tasks and online forums. It will be run as an asynchronous course, which means you can look at the tasks and post in the forums at a time that suits you.

Structure:

  • Week 1: Getting to know you and starting out – this is to introduce you to the course and other participants and to cover the essential information and expectations

  • Week 2: Focus on achieving the first milestones – identifying milestones, planning and skills development, the supervisory relationship

  • Week 3: Overcoming common challenges – identifying challenges, tips and strategies to overcome

Course platform

The course will run in Learn, one of the University's Virtual Learning Environments.

How to book

You can book now via the University Events Booking website (EASE log-in required):

Getting Started with Postgraduate Research   - book online now

Booking will open on 1st September 2020