For postgrads

Student reading under a tree

The Student Learning Centre can offer you advice at any stage of your studies. If you’re just starting life as a postgrad, check out starting the research journey, or see our tips and information on completing your study and preparing for an academic career.

We offer many workshops on the topic of thesis writing, as well as support if you’re publishing during candidature or presenting your research at a conference.

If you’re just considering postgraduate study, you might like to check out the postgrad courses available at HEDC. We are a teaching department as well as offering support to students and academic staff.


Postgraduate research: candidates (PDF, 2.11MB)

This booklet outlines Otago supervisors’ perspectives on quality candidates and the shortcomings affecting progress.

Postgraduate research: supervision (PDF, 3.7MB)

This booklet outlines Otago students’ perspectives on quality supervision and problems encountered in supervision.

Journeys of discovery (PDF, 2.14MB)

Check out the diverse stories of 17 Otago PhD students in this collection of profiles of recent candidates and their research.

Postgraduate research peer support (PDF, 5.29MB)

International research demonstrates the benefits of peer support for postgraduates. This brochure contains some ideas for establishing and maintaining successful peer support groups.

Other services available

Individual consultations with a Learning Advisor

For support and to enable you to excel in any aspect of your study, postgraduate students are welcome to organise individual consultations with Learning Centre staff.

Workshops offered by Information Technology Services

Student training on such programs as Endnote, Word, PowerPoint and SPSS.

Library services and resources for postgraduates

Including information skills and classes