Postgraduate Study

Covid-19 response

An overview of how the College has adapted its postgraduate teaching in light of Covid-19. Plus find out how our staff and researchers are responding to the global pandemic.

Teaching 2020

Information on how our College is adapting its postgraduate teaching in response to Covid-19. 

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How will lectures and seminars be delivered in 2020/2021? What opportunities will there be for in-person learning?

In line with the University of Edinburgh’s wider policy, the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine will adopt a hybrid teaching method for on-campus postgraduate students.

This means that for on-campus taught and research students, some classes and teaching will take place on our campuses, while others will be delivered digitally.

Our 100% online programmes will continue to be delivered completely via digital methods.

We advise you to access the programme-specific information at the bottom of this page for further detail on what to expect. 


How will assessments work this year?

We recognise that students will be concerned about how assessments take place, and programme teams are currently finalising their plans around this.

Please check back in the next few weeks for updated information on how we will be conducting assessments.


How will students access personal tutors and other academic support?

Both taught and research students have a number of support channels to turn to during their studies, from personal tutors to student counselling services and beyond.

While we anticipate that communication with personal tutors and other support staff will be conducted digitally in the short term, it is likely that in-person meetings will be encouraged where possible for on-campus students.

Guidelines will be published on this shortly, so please check back for updated information.


Access to research labs and study spaces – how will this be managed? What safety measures will be in place?

Our phased return to laboratories began on 29th June and we continue to welcome researchers back to campus in line with Scottish government advice.

For Masters by Research students, a number of Semester 1 projects will be offered as ‘dry’ rather than ‘wet’ projects. However, please consult with your programme team for further information.

Our research labs and study spaces comply with the Scottish government's health and safety regulations around Covid-19. For example, all buildings now feature one-way systems, and the cleaning of touch points (e.g. door handles, light switches) has increased substantially. For more information on how our buildings have been transformed to protect both staff and students, please visit the link below.

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Programme-specific information

You can find further detailed information on how each of our Schools is adapting its postgraduate teaching and research via the links below.

Edinburgh Medical School

Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies




Covid-19 Research

Find out more about how our College is helping to respond to the global Covid-19 situation using the links below.

Funding boost to Covid-19 immunity research

Scottish experts join global search for Covid-19 treatment

Critical courses made free to support NHS

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