Training suggestions

We offer courses tailored to those in the first year of research. Other units can offer more specialised help, such as English language courses.

Training courses

We recommend attending some of the following courses we run:

  • Plan your PhD
  • Information Resources
  • How to be an Effective Researcher
  • Relevant IT courses
  • Getting started with Postgraduate Research

Find out about these and our full range of training courses by visiting the courses and events pages.

Courses and events for PhD students

You may also find the research data management online course 'MANTRA' useful:

MANTRA: research data management online course for PhD students

Writing a first year report

This independent study course for first year research students may help you prepare for writing a first year report.

It covers:

  • the introduction
  • literature review
  • objectives
  • report on progress
  • future plans
  • references

Please download the pack at the English Language Education study materials webpage (please scroll down the page to find it):

Writing up a first year report

Support for teaching

Information about:

  • courses and events for tutors and demonstrators
  • advice and support for tutoring and demonstrating
  • resources for tutors and demonstrators

Tutors and demonstrators: further queries and contact details

Contact details


You may also find it useful to download the PhD Planner.

Doing a skills audit to help plan your development

Doing an audit (i.e. an assessment) of your skills now is useful; if you can identify what skills are important to your research success, and whether you are strong or weak in these areas. You can then focus your precious time on developing the areas that will help you most.

Other sources of support

International Students

Get help with English language skills; sign up to some of the training offered by English Language Education.

Find out about the English Language Education

The University's International Student Advisory Service can offer advice and support - such as immigration advice and welfare initiatives - throughout your time in Edinburgh.

Get help from the University’s International Student Advisory Service


It is also worth looking at the advice and resources available from Vitae, the UK’s national body for supporting research students and staff.

Vitae: planning your doctorate wall planner