Support services and initiatives

Information about professional, careers and personal development training and opportunities.

The University of Edinburgh offers postgraduate researchers a wealth of opportunities for professional, personal and career support and training.

Monthly updates on training, events and opportunities

The Doctoral College create a monthly post on opportunities, training and events for postgraduate researchers.

Doctoral College Monthly Update

Where to find support

Personal and professional development

The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) has a comprehensive programme of flexible training and support in personal and professional development for all postgraduate researchers as well as online self-directed resources.

The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) - support for doctoral researchers

The IAD also offers training, resources and information for tutors and demonstrators

The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) - support for tutors and demonstrators

Library and data management

The Library - access to books, journals, ejournals, research collections, cultural and heritage collections 

Digital Research Services - a single point of access for all the data and computing services for researchers at the University

Digital skills

Digital Skills and Training - courses and information for students and staff on many aspects of digital skills, links to LinkedIn learning and digital safety and citizenship

Career support

The Careers Service - advice, guidance and careers support. Information on relevant events and PhD internship opportunities. 

Entrepreneurship and innovation

Edinburgh Innovations - resources and support to turn research and ideas into viable projects and businesses

Edinburgh Innovations PhD Max for PhD Students

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

The Three Minute Thesis competition is  a global competition for PhD researchers. The University of Edinburgh has held an institutional 3MT competition annually since 2013.

Find out more on the IAD's 3 Minute Thesis webpages