Online PG Essentials: Strategies for a Successful Start

"I have been a frequent user of the tips and resources provided. Everything will be kept for current and future use." It was ""an excellent course that really helped me."

This online course provides new researchers with practical information and skills for getting started in their PhD.  It will be particularly useful if you are a part time or distance learning student or if you are new to the University of Glasgow. It contains lots of handy checklists, links and templates.

These modules are open to PhD students from any subject area at any point in time. Simply follow the link below and enter the enrolment key when prompted.  The time commitment is flexible and you get out as much as you put in.  If you're particularly busy one week, you can look at it the next. 

The course contains 6 modules, which you can work through at your own pace. Or just go straight to the one you want.

Module   Description
Starting your PhD   Understanding the key stages and challenges involved in research and links to sources of support, guidance and where to find stuff out! This section includes a 'settling in' checklist, information on the University services that are there to help you and a section for  part time / distance learning students.
Getting organised   How to plan and manage your time - including a template for a Gantt Chart, how to get rid of time-wasting habits, managing your professional development and managing your research data.
Working with your supervisor   Understanding roles and responsibilities - what they expect from you / what you can expect from them (as well as from the University or your Graduate School).  This section includes a template for you to use when planning meetings with your supervisor.
Searching literature   Everything you need to know about the support that is on offer from the University library to help you find and manage your academic literature. 
Writing a literature review   Tips on academic writing styles, how to manage and present your literature, as well as citing work and how to avoid plagiarism.
Preparing for annual progression   What's expected from you at the end of your 1st year (commonly referred to as annual progress review - this can include a report or presentation and a meeting with your Supervisor. You will also be asked to reflect on the professional development activities you have undertaken that year).

"Breaking down various aspects of PhD work into sections was helpful - it's easier to digest what is an intimidating project if only small aspects are considered at a time."