School of Social and Political Science

Academic Skills


Across the Student Development Office (SDO), wider School and other parts of the University, there is a huge range of support available to help you develop your learning and academic skills.


Academic Skills workshops

The Student Development Office (SDO) runs academic and professional skills workshops across a wide range of topics.

All SDO workshops will be delivered online and spaces must be booked in advance.

SDO skills workshops and events

Learning and Academic Skills Handbook

The Learning and Academic Skills Handbook is a tool for MSc students in the School of Social and Political Science (SPS). It will help you to prepare for your programme and make the most of your learning experience.

The Handbook:

  • gives you information about key requirements and skills
  • addresses how to become a critical thinker and reader
  • helps you learn how to write at postgraduate level
  • provides tips on how to plan and organise your studying and learning

Learning and Academic Skills Handbook

Institute for Academic Development (IAD)

The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) is available to help you succeed in your studies.

The IAD offers taught postgraduate students:

  • study skills workshops
  • self-study learning resources
  • advice and guidance

Institute for Academic Development (IAD)

IAD Postgraduate Researchers Brochure 2020/21

English Language Support

Language support for non-native speakers of English is offered from a range of University support departments, from the Students' Association and from student volunteers.

English language support

Student category
Development Hub