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Postgraduate Students (Taught Programmes): Welcome and Support


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This Guide has been created to support BU Postgraduate students on taught programmes (e.g. MA, MSc, PG Cert).

Post Graduate Reasearchers (PhD, MPhil and MRes) should consult the Postgraduate Researchers Guide

Study Skills Workshops

Academic skills workshops include (2023-24):

Academic integrity and plagiarism

  • Academic integrity and plagiarism
  • BU Harvard referencing

Academic Writing

  • Academic style
  • Assignment planning
  • Cohesive writing
  • Editing and refining your work
  • Synthesising sources
  • Writing introductions and conclusions

Assessment success

  • Revision and preparation for exams
  • Understanding your assignment brief

Critical thinking

  • Critical thinking techniques
  • Reflective writing

Digital skills

  • Using Microsoft Office applications effectively

English language skills

  • Descriptive vs evaluative writing
  • Developing your vocabulary
  • Effective paraphrasing and summarising
  • Effective reading strategies
  • Seminar practice
  • Sentence and paragraph structure
  • Speaking in academic contexts

Grammar and vocabulary

  • Problem sentences (4 types)

Healthy study habits

  • Staying motivated
  • Time management


  • Maths: Fundamentals
  • Medication calculations

Research strategies

  • Literature searching
  • Reading and note taking
  • Reference management - EndNote Web (PC) / (mac)

Speaking with confidence

  • Presentation skills
  • Speaking in academic contexts

Statistical analysis

  • Using SPSS

Studying at university

  • Listening to lectures

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Faculty Library Teams

Remember that your Faculty Library team is always available for help regarding resources, finding information, help with referencing, copyright and other queries you might have.

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