Workshop: Dissertation Planning and Writing – 2 and 15 June 2016

students(PGT) Dissertation Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 2 June 2016 at 09:30-12:30
  • Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 13:30-16:30

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.

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

Workshop: Critical Reading, Writing, Thinking – 25 May 2016

22(PGT) Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 9:30-12:30

‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.

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

Exam Tips – Past Exam Papers

Cropped_PGTStudentsPast 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 University 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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Mini Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students – 13 April 2016

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(PGT) Mini Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students 

  • Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 09:00-13:00

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on your dissertation? Or trying to write for publication?  Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them?

The aim of a ‘writing bootcamp’ is to facilitate a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, twitter and everyday life.

The session will begin with a short Bitesize style workshop to offer advice on writing techniques, and motivate you to write. Following this you will have a 2 ½ hour writing session. No distractions, just writing.

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

Workshop: Dissertation Panels – 11 April and 14 April 2016


  • On campus – Monday 11 April 2016 at 14:00-16:00
  • *Online – Thursday 14 April 2016 at 12:30-13:30 (UK Time)

Got questions about Dissertations? Want to talk to former MSc Students and experienced staff about dissertations?

The Dissertation Panel will allow you to engage with a panel of former Taught Masters  students from the University of Edinburgh, and staff from the University. The event will provide great opportunity to ask the panel questions surrounding dissertations and an opportunity to network with students and staff.

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

*The online 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.

Workshop: Preparing for Effective Exams – 11 March 2016

22(PGT) Preparing for Effective Exams

  • Friday 11 March 2016 at 12:00-13:00

This on-campus lunchtime session will be a discussion based workshop focusing on how to have effective exams.

The answers to the pre-course work question will form the basis of the discussion of issues surrounding exams. This could include, but not limited not, revision strategies, how to cope with stress and exam technique. We will then look at practical strategies and tips for dealing with the issues raised.

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

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:

Exam Tips for Postgraduate Students


Some programmes of study may have exams while others may not.

Exams at taught postgraduate level are an opportunity to demonstrate your insight, knowledge and mastery of your subject. While exams can be daunting, with proper preparation many students come to view exams as enjoyable: exams become an opportunity to consolidate their learning experience.

For exams you may want to consider:

  • Planning and revision
  • Revision techniques
  • Strategies for sitting your exams

The Institute for Academic Development has launched a web page which focuses on exam preparation. The page includes useful resources, planners, revision techniques, and strategies for sitting your exams.

To find out more, visit the Effective Exams page on:

Workshop: Proof Reading Skills – 1 December 2015


  • Tuesday 1 December 2015 at 09:30 -12:30

With that last full stop, the writing task is done. Or is it? This workshop looks at the many stages of copy-editing and proof-reading that must be done before the dissertation is submitted or the academic paper published. We look at some myths about writing, identify common errors and offer a range of techniques for spotting them.

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

Workshop: Critical Study Skills – 12 and 19 October 2015

calendar(PGT) Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing 

  • Monday 12 October 2015 at 09:30 – 12:30
  • Monday 19 October 2015 at 09:30 – 12:30

This workshop is designed to introduce you to the postgraduate learning environment and provide an opportunity to think about and discuss.

  • Critical reading of sources
  • Essay writing: big picture ideas such as the analysis of essay questions and planning
  • Practical advice for effective writing

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