Online Students

Study Skills

There is a range of online courses and learning resources can help support your academic development from the start and throughout your studies.

It is important that you take full advantage of the services that are available to help with your transition to online studies.

Institute of Academic Development (IAD)

The Institute of Academic Development (IAD) offers you online study workshops, advice and self-paced learning resources.  

More information on the Institute of Academic Development

There are a number of courses and workshops to choose from including academic writing, working with research data and IT training. These courses are held throughout the year and are offered both online and on campus.  If you happen to be visiting Edinburgh or live locally, you can join us on campus for one of these courses. 

To choose an online version of a course or workshop, be sure to look for the words 'PGT - Online' to ensure you are choosing one that is offered online.

Online courses offered by the IAD

In addition to workshops and courses, the IAD provides learning resources specifically aimed to help you succeed at postgraduate level study.

The section ‘Succeeding at Masters Level’ is an excellent source of advice to help you prepare for and succeed in studying at postgraduate level, including sections on preparing for your studies and preparing for change. There is also a useful introduction to the postgraduate level study and how it differs from the undergraduate level study.

Advice for succeeding at masters level

Linkedin Learning

Linkedin Learning is an online skill development service offering an extensive library of over 250,000 high-quality video tutorials in digital, technology, creative and business skills. You can benefit (non-visiting) benefit from free access to this resource whilst studying or working at the University of Edinburgh.

More information about Linkedin Learning

Digital Skills 

You can use the University's Digital Skills Framework to develop your digital study and employability skills. You can evaluate your capability level using a self-assessment questionnaire, plan your development using the digital role profiles for Learners and Researchers, and browse over 700 development resources and training using the Resource Finder. 

You will also have free access to our bespoke Digital Skills Programme of online and classroom-based training covering digital and information skills. 

Digital Skills and Training

Library Resources 

As an online learner or student, you have access to a large number of library resources and services. 

Video: Using the Library for online students

More information on all resources available through the Library 


Digital Safety and Citizenship

Web-based guidance and events are available to ensure that you stay safe when studying, socialising and engaging online. They also promote the principles of good digital citizenship, helping you to use technology responsibly and to treat others with dignity and respect when doing so.  

Learn more about digital safety and citizenship