Postgrad Launchpad Events- Thinking about a PhD

Postgrad Launchpad Events:-
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.

On Campus Workshops
(Postgrad Launchpad) Is a PhD for Me (CSE/CMVM Students)
Thursday 12 October 2017 @ 08:30-09:30 (Staff Panel)Basic CMYK

(Postgrad Launchpad) Is a PhD for me (CAHSS students)
Thursday 12 October 2017 @ 13:00-14:00 (Staff Panel)

Online Workshops
(Postgrad Launchpad- Online) What it’s like to be a PhD student
Thursday 02 November 2017 @ 09:00-10:00 (Student Panel)

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


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

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


Online Workshop -Decision Making in Practice Part 1 and 2



  • Part 1 – (PGT – Online) Decision Making in Practice – 01 March 2016 @ 19.00-20.00
  • Part 2 – (PGT – Online) Decision Making in Practice – 04 March 2016 @ 19.00-20.00


This is a two-part workshop with sessions. Please only book a place if you are able to attend both sessions.

We all make decisions every day. However, that doesn’t mean we all find it easy.  Indeed, the ability to make good decisions may make the difference between success and failure in many aspects of life.  What influences our decision making?  What is a good decision?  How can we arrive at the best possible decision?   How do we think about risk? During these two online sessions we will address these questions, using a mixture of short interactive lectures interspersed with activities, including one that you will do offline between the sessions, that will allow you to discover what kind of decision-maker you are, and to put your decision making into practice.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • understand the factors—economic, psychological and social—that influence your own decision making and that of others
  • be able to define an important decision and an effective decision
  • be able to use these insights to make more effective personal decisions
  • be able to understand the decisions of others and how you may influence them
  • appreciate how individuals think and decide about risk.

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

To check the time zone – please click the following link:

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

Erasmus+ funding opportunities for work placements in Europe

EDINBURGH UNIVERSITYAre you thinking an internship or work placement in Europe would be the perfect addition to your studies? Wondering if there is any funding available?

Erasmus+ offers funding for students to take a placement in an Erasmus country.

Please note the submission deadline for applications is the 1st of February 2016 (this may be earlier if demand is high).

For more information about the Erasmus+ Traineeship programme , visit or email us directly at

New! MyCareerHub

MyCareerHub-logo-400x200The University of Edinburgh has launched the MyCareerHub.

This new interactive online system is exclusive to University of Edinburgh students and graduates and will replace SAGE, offering you:

  • jobs, events and appointments all in one place
  • access anytime, anywhere
  • features you can personalise

You will be able to access MyCareerHub via the Careers Service website and log in using your EASE username and password.

Blog: Psychology graduate case studies

roadA new blog for psychology students and graduates! The blog includes case studies from recent Edinburgh psychology graduates. The graduates also discuss

  • how they used skills/knowledge developed in their degree in their career
  • what experience they had gained and how it helped them
  • career decisions
  • advice