Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Prepare for doctoral success

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

Starting a doctorate 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 doctoral studies 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 11th February 2020 for 4 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.


  • Week 1: Getting to know you – this is to introduce you to the course and other participants.
  • Week 2: Starting out – the essential information and expectations.
  • Week 3: The first year – milestones, planning and skills development.
  • Week 4: Working with your supervisor – hints and tips, expectations and supervisor styles.

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):

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