Postgrad Launchpad Online – Is a PhD for me? – 22 November 2017

  • (Postgrad Launchpad – Online) – Is a PhD for Me – CAHSS Students
    Wednesday 22nd November 2017 @ 16:00-17:00
  • (Postgrad Launchpad – Online) – Is a PhD for Me – CSE/MVM Students
    Wednesday 22nd November 2017 @ 17:00-18:00

These online information sessions are led by expert staff from the IAD, Student Recruitment and Admissions, Careers, Scholarships and Funding, and Edinburgh Global. This session explores the features and benefits of PhD study and encourages you to think about whether further study is right for you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance on researching programmes, funding sources and the application process.

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Thinking about further study? You may have just started your Masters but if you are thinking of applying for a PhD now is the time to get started!

Postgrad Launchpad runs events throughout the year to help students find out more about what it is like to study for a PhD, how to find a PhD, applying for PhDs and information around the types of funding available.

For more information about these events and to book:


PGT Newsletter – June 2017

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (June 2017) is now live. You can download it from

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT_Newsletter_10_June_2017

  • All workshops available in June 2017
  • Events and courses information
  • Resources
  • Student Intern Opportunity – Maker Space
  • Online Learning Resource- Literature Review
  • Careers Service
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy


Workshop- Influencing Skills and Leading -17th March 2017


(PGT) Influencing Skills and Leading

  • Friday 17th March 2017 @ 13:30-16:30

As our careers grow and develop we can often find ourselves in positions where we have a great deal of responsibility and perhaps not too much authority.   This is where our ability to Lead and Influence becomes paramount.

These elements come naturally to some, but they are just rules in a game that can be learned and assertively applied.

This session will focus on building an understanding of how to effectively influence people around us.   We’ll also consider a few basic elements of how to lead in an authentic way – and not simply rely on a badge that says ‘in charge’.

This will be achieved through a blend of situation-based discussion, tutor input, paired work and real-life problem solving.

By the end of the session, participants will

  • Have built a toolkit of influence skills and techniques.
  • Understand how to assertively influence with confidence.

Established some rules and tools for leading, influencing and dealing with challenging individuals.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

University Services for Online Students

If you’re an online distance learning student, you can access the University of Edinbstudent with laptopurgh’s support services from the following links:

Managing your postgraduate journey

Studying for a postgraduate award through online learning allows a lot of flexibility but most students are balancing their studies with other commitments such as work or family.  As a result we find that students often report their studies as a very intensive time and welcome support that will enable them to engage with their studies more effectively (and in a time efficient way!).

The Careers Service and the Institute for Academic Development have developed a new resource, Supporting taught postgraduates, to help taught postgraduate students to engage quickly and effectively with their studies. The resources provide support during your programme to help you to achieve academically, and take opportunities for career enhancement, and to support you to make and realise successful career decisions.  It pulls together a lot of information that is scattered around other parts of the University website and ensures it is directly relevant for postgraduate students.  Covering topics such as academic writing, time management, critical thinking, and career planning, we hope it will be of use to you as you continue your studies at the University.

You can get an overview of the topics covered in the image below or go directly to the website.

Supporting taught postgraduates

Applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh – Research Proposals and Supervisors – Frequently Asked Questions

EDINBURGH UNIVERSITYIn November the IAD hosted on-campus and online panel discussions about applying for a PhD. This gave Taught Masters students the opportunity to ask staff questions about the PhD application process at the University of Edinburgh.

Representatives from Admissions, EUSA, International Office and the Scholarship Office were there to answer questions and give advice to students.

This blog will cover some of the questions raised during these panel sessions

1. Tips on writing a proposal?

When writing your PhD proposal, start working on your draft as early as possible. Research the topic you want to study, this will help you to plan out your ideas as you begin writing the proposal. Ask others to look at your proposal, get their opinion and ask your colleagues for feedback. They are likely to spot gaps, ask questions which potential supervisors may also raise. Be as precise and clear as you can in writing your proposal. The clearer your proposal can be, the easier it will be for a potential supervisor to understand what your want to research and why.

2. How do you choose a supervisor?

When applying for a PhD, you need to first find a research topic of potential interest and then look at choosing a potential supervisor to guide you through the next three years – this is crucial. Your supervisor will be your advisor on both a personal and professional level.  Your supervisor will be there for you to discuss any issues regarding your research and direct you in other areas that may be of benefit to you. Moreover, by the end of the PhD, you will become an expert in your area of research.When choosing a supervisor consider the following points to help you decide:

  • Look at the publications they have written.
  • Talk to other students in the department; try to get a feel for the department/research group or lab you would potentially be working in for the next three years.
  • If you have the opportunity, try to arrange a short meeting with the potential supervisor to discuss your interests and research proposal.  If this cannot be done face-to-face, try to arrange a telephone conversation or email chat.
  • Keep in mind when you are thinking about doing a PhD to find out what is expected of you, why you want to do this PhD? By talking to other PhD students, this will also help you answer questions such as are you ready to do your PhD right now or whether you would prefer to take a gap year first.

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University Services for Online Students

If you’re an online distance learning student, you can access the University of Edinbstudent with laptopurgh’s support services from the following links:


Academic career stories at University of Edinburgh

EDINBURGH UNIVERSITYThe Careers Service and the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) have developed a new resource to showcase the academic career journey from PhD student to group leader or head of institute. You’ll find it interesting to view if you’re thinking of doing a PhD with the intention of following an academic career.

The resource is a collection of video case studies from individuals at the University of Edinburgh who are at different stages of the academic career journey and across a range of disciplines. The case studies show the challenges and rewards of an academic career, and the personal qualities and experiences that can be influential in helping individuals to progress an academic career. In addition, the videos demonstrate the type of support provided by PhD supervisors, research group leaders, and other academic colleagues that has helped the individuals progress their academic career.

To view the resource go to:

PGT Newsletter -June 2016

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (June 2016) is now live. You can download it from

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • All workshops available in June 2016PGT Newsletter_9_June_2016
  • Dissertation Writing Resources
  • New Online Learning Resource – Literature Review
  • Careers Service
  • Events and courses information
  • Resources
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy


Workshop: PhD Panel – 2 February and 4 February 2016

students(PGT) PhD Panel

  • Tuesday 2 February 2016 at 13:30-16:30
    • Tuesday 4 February 2016 at 12:30-1:30 online

Got questions about doing a PhD? Want to talk with current students who are doing a PhD?

The PhD Panel will allow you to engage with current doctoral research (PhD) students from the University of Edinburgh. The event will provide great opportunity to talk with current and past doctoral research students and to ask any questions you about what it’s like to do a PhD.

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link: