Workshop – Practical Proofreading and Editing – 14 June 2017

(PGT) Practical Proofreading and Editing

  • Wednesday 14th June 2017 @ 19:00 – 12:30

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students. students at UoE

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and a major investment of time and effort. It is also the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth presenting it well.

This interactive session will introduce strategies to help you incorporate revising into your personal writing process.  It will highlight tricky things which tend to catch students out, suggest useful tools and offer tips to help you submit your best work.

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

Workshop – Dissertation Planning and Writing – 1 June 2017

(PGT) Dissertation Planning & Writing

  • Thursday 1st June 2017 @ 09:30-12:30EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.

A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?

This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:

  • Effective planning
  • Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
  • Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing
  • Effective writing

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

Workshop – Revisiting Your Structure – 31st May 2017

(PGT) Revisiting Your Structure

  • Wednesday 31st Maystudents at UoE @ 10:00 – 12:30

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.

This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation.  It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas.  We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations.

You will have the opportunity to self-review your dissertation outline, but the tutor will be unable to give subject-specific advice.

Pre-course work Participants are asked to bring a one-page outline of their own dissertation.

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

Workshop – Is My Writing Academic Enough? – 26th May 2017

(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

  • Friday 26th May 2017 @ 09:30 – 12:30 istock_000006051647xsmall

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and direct? This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. We will look at relevant linguistic and stylistic choices (active or passive? first or third person? plain English or jargon?) and consider academic conventions in terms of organisation and writing style. This is very much a ‘hands-on’ workshop with plenty of room for discussion.

Pre-Course Work:
Please bring a short piece of (your own) academic writing to this workshop.

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

PGT Newsletter – May 2017

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

The newsletter provides further information about:PGT_Newsletter_9_May_2017

  • All workshops available in May 2017
  • Events and courses information
  • Resources
  • Event -Is there still time to think about postgrad study?
  • Workshop Promotions -2 day Writing Bootcamps for Postgraduate Taught Students – Open for bookings Monday 8th May 2017
  • Masters Blog and Twitter
  • IAD Cancellation Policy


Exam Tips – Past Exam Papers

Past exam papers are available for students of the University of Edinburgh and they may be used as a study aid for exam revision.

Exam Papers Online is a service hosted by the Universitistock_000006051647xsmally library, to provide access for staff and students to the collected degree examination papers of the University from 2004 onwards. Students can access the Exam Papers Online on and off-campus but will be prompted for your EASE username and password.

For more information, please visit:

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Workshop – Writing a Literature Review – 27 April 2017

(PGT) Writing a Literature Review

  • Thursday 27th April 2017 @ 09:30-12:30EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

The literature review is a key component of a dissertation, because it motivates and contextualises key research issue.

Developing a review is a complex task which involves selecting, organising and evaluating source material; reading actively while taking effective notes; and shaping relevant information into a coherent piece of writing.

This workshop offers practical ways of making this process manageable and beginning to develop a review.

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

Online Workshop-Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips -19th April 2017

(PGT – Online) Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips

  • Wednesday 19th April 2017@ 19:00-20:00 (UK Time)

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This on-line workshop will be an hour session focusing on how to manage your exams by improving your exam technique.

The pre-course work prompts will be used within the class.  The class may cover exam preparation and participation; i.e. how to cope with stress, practising your exam technique and a review of exam strategies.

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.

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

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

Exam Tips – Writing and Thinking Critically

The Institute for Academic Development offers advice and resources to support students with writing effectively at postgraduate level.

The eWriting HeeHaw/Edinburgh Uni/05.02.08online course (open-access) is specifically developed for postgraduate students, it covers many aspects of writing successfully at University. It is a self-study course, and you can complete it at any time.

Writing at postgraduate level is a step up in your thinking and writing. You are expected to make accurate attribution of ideas from others, written pieces to be logically structured with fluid expression of thought, and with deeper and more critical engagement with the subjects and ideas you are reading and learning about.

Critical thinking can be applied to:

  • Bring together different sources of information to serve an argument or idea you are constructing.
  • Make logical connections between the different sources that help you shape and support your ideas.
  • Comprehend the key points, assumptions, arguments and evidence presented.
  • Transfer the understanding you have gained from your critical evaluation and use in response to questions, assignments and projects.
  • Develop arguments, draw conclusions, make inferences and identify implications. (The Open University, 2009)

For more tips and ideas on critical thinking, please visit: