Transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study
The transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study can seem daunting at first but a little preparation and knowing what to expect can set you on the path to success.
What to expect
Longer essays and assignments
It’s likely that your essays and assignments will be longer and require more research. This makes postgraduate study ideal for developing your independent and critical thinking skills.
You’ll be doing a lot of reading and research, so taking good notes and keeping them organised will be really important for working effectively. Research different types of note-taking and templates to equip yourself with the right tools for the job.
Organisation and time management will become key during your postgraduate study. You may be working on different projects at the same time so make sure you create a diary to plan your projects.
Group work and presentations
Group projects and presenting your work is often a feature of postgraduate study. Having a good understanding of how to work effectively in a group, such as defining and allocating specific tasks, will help keep you on track.
Study skills support
The most important thing to remember is that there is plenty of help available, from on-demand online skills training to practical workshops.
Our Study Skills team have a series of tutorials specifically for postgraduate taught students, with practical advice on developing critical arguments, writing at postgraduate level, and finding appropriate sources.
The team also offer free tutorials and workshops throughout the year, on topics including organisation and time management, taking effective notes, working in groups, and giving great presentations.
As a Cardiff University student, you’ll also have access to LinkedIn Learning, a suite of more than 5,000 courses to help you become a better learner.