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Masters students: Skills for Success

Skills for Success resource

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Skills@Library are carrying out a research study to understand better the academic skills needs and expectations of taught Masters students, and to ensure we are developing appropriate support for them. If you are a member of that group, your input would be really valuable to this project. 

As a taught Masters student, you might have chosen to specialise in an area related to your previous studies, or you may be moving into a new field in order to focus/change your career. This will involve immersing yourself in your chosen subject in much more depth than you would for an undergraduate degree, and being able to apply this knowledge to real world scenarios. 

Our introductory Skills for Success resource is designed to help you develop further the academic skills you need for postgraduate study, and highlights the wide range of academic skills support that is available from the Library.

The key academic skills needed to become a more independent learner at Masters level include:

Throughout your course, you should also keep in mind what your next steps will be; for example, consider the skills you need for your future career, and what will help you if you are going to move onto a research degree. How might the academic skills you are developing benefit you in the future?