Postgraduate study

Study support

Where to find support and advice on your studies.

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Personal Tutor

Every taught postgraduate student has a Personal Tutor and every research student has a supervisor, a member of the teaching staff who provides academic guidance and support.

Your Personal Tutor will give you academic guidance and help you reflect on your academic progress so you get the most out of your studies.

Study skills

Our Institute for Academic Development (IAD) provides academic development and study skills support.

Institute for Academic Development

Taught students

Specific skills development workshops or modules are incorporated within some taught masters programmes. Most taught programmes also provide informal opportunities to develop a range of transferable skills.

You can also contact your Programme Director or School Administrator for advice on where you can find local or specific support.

Support for taught postgraduates

Research students

IAD courses and resources can also help students develop a range of broad transferable professional skills.

If you are a doctoral researcher, the IAD offers support to plan, manage, communicate and write about your research. They provide workshops, resources, and online information.

Support for doctoral researchers

The IAD also provides skills training, study skills resources and advice for masters by research students.

Support for masters by research students

Vitae is a nationwide organisation that supports researcher development. It offers advice and support on how to become a successful researcher.



The Careers Service offers a number of career planning courses designed specifically for current postgraduate students.

Careers Service

IT training

Our Information Services (IS) department offers taught short courses and online tutorials to help you improve your computing, software and technology skills.

IS skills development

LinkedIn Learning online skills development

Students' association

Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) provides free and confidential guidance to students on everything ranging from academic issues to financial assistance through the Advice Place.

It also specifically represents postgraduate students by connecting postgraduate initiatives across the University and organising events to provide networking opportunities where postgraduate students can talk to each other online, ask questions and share experiences.