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This development programme has been specifically designed for Taught Postgraduates (PGTs), and comprises a number of workshops, lectures, online resources, mentoring schemes and networking events. You can keep up to date with the very latest via the M-Skills facebook page:

M-Skills programme: 
To see current M-Skills workshops click onto PDMS and chose 'Taught Postgraduate' from the drop down menu on the right.  

Thanks to all the Masters students who attended the 'St Andrews PhD' event in November 2017. You can find a copy of the slides here:  A St Andrews PhD 2017 (PDF, 1,306 KB)

 M-Skills concentrates on four different areas, and some particular events and resources have been highlighted below:

1. Making the most of St Andrews

This strand helps you connect with other Masters students and get the most from your limited time in St Andrews. From the welcome events running in Orientation Week through to on-going opportunities for networking throughout the year, this strand helps you plug in and connect to the University community. 

In particular look out for the ‘kick-starter’ sessions on offer at the beginning of Semester 1 to help you set some goals for your year ahead, pick up some self-coaching and resilience techniques, and formulate a strategy for staying on top of your intensive workload.

You can engage with the research postgraduate students, and have the opportunity to present your own research at a number of Postgraduate X-change seminars throughout the year. It's especially interesting for Masters students who are thinking about going on to PhD study in the future.

Towards the end of your studies you may be invited to take part in a School mentoring scheme, to become an online mentor to incoming Masters students in order to help them make the most of St Andrews. This year History, Management and Computer Science all took part, and it's hoped the scheme will be rolled out further in summer 2016.

Finally, you can apply for access to some excellent online workshops on how to network, a skill useful for your time in St Andrews and beyond.

2. Getting through your course

This strand aims to equip you with the key academic and study skills that will make your academic life easier. CAPOD offers 1:1 appointments to any Masters student who needs some help with academic and study skills. For example, time management, essay writing, citation and referencing or academic reading. We also offer 1:1 appointments for any Masters students who need support with the maths and statistics element of their course.

Masters students can also develop their IT skills during their year in St Andrews by studying online for their Microsoft Office Specialist qualification. There's a MOS information session early in semester 1 to find out more.  

Towards summer, a number of workshops are on offer to help you hone your dissertation writing skills, as well as regular opportunities to  join in with a number of established writers' groups. You can also sign up for the Dissertation Boot Camp- brand new this year!  For more information see the MSkills Writing Programme.

3. What comes next?

This strand will support you in your career aspirations, whether they include continuing in academia, finding a job or becoming an entrepreneur. Masters students have access to a suite of online enterprise and entrepreneurship workshops.

Finally, there will also be events for Masters students interested in going on to study for a PhD in future, including ‘A St Andrews PhD’ event in semester 1.

If you weren't able to attend the 'St Andrews PhD' events in November, you can find the collated slides here. For the Arts event: PhD Arts slides (PDF, 4,285 KB). For the Science event: A St Andrews PhD - Science (PDF, 5,593 KB)

4. Getting set for the workplace

This strand helps you learn about the kinds of workplace skills employers value. A series of 30 skills topics are presented through a scheme called the Professional Skills Curriculum, which Masters students can tap into. Find out more at the PSC webpage.

Additionally, Masters students in the School of Management have their own 'MX' programme, that runs on Wednesday afternoons and features a number of Management-skills workshops and Management speakers. 

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Catriona Wilson
MSkills Coordinator


T: (01334) 462558

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