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Give yourself the best possible start to your postgraduate study and enrol on our online Academic Skills and Language for Postgraduate Success programme.

This four-week programme is specifically designed for international students with an unconditional offer of postgraduate study from the University of Reading.

I used to be shy and didn't like to talk to others. I had good opportunities to speak on this course, and this helped build my confidence, as well as helping me get over my shyness about speaking. 

Jiayi Zhou, China

Master's in International Marketing

Why study the Postgraduate Success Programme?

Our programme will help you prepare for university academic life and enable you to get the most out of your postgraduate study.

On the programme, we will:

  • introduce you to UK academic culture and student life
  • help you to improve the skills and practices you need to complete your postgraduate degree
  • give you the opportunity to meet other international postgraduate students
  • help you to explore the digital campus and familiarise yourself with the University before you arrive.

What you'll learn on the programme

You will learn about:

  • the different types of assignments you'll experience and the research processes needed to complete them successfully
  • academic integrity and the conventions for acknowledging sources
  • the key academic language needed for successful postgraduate writing
  • how to critically analyse published research texts
  • how to present your work to your peers
  • independent learning and critical reflection skills.

Feedback useful for your future degree course

The programme is voluntary, so there is no assessment to pass. However, you will be asked to complete two tasks designed to enhance your knowledge and develop your skills:

  • a written critical review analysing texts from your chosen subject
  • an individual presentation involving reflection on your learning.

The course was well organised and engaging – a 90-minute class felt more like 10 minutes. The programme was designed to meet the needs of international students like me. The teachers were highly knowledgeable and supportive and provided valuable insights and guidance. Overall, it was an exceptional experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to succeed in their postgraduate studies. 

Ines Habachi, Saudi Arabia

Master's in Education

Information for 2024 applicants

The four-week online programme comprises one module (Academic Skills and English Language for Postgraduate Success) and is offered to international postgraduate applicants holding an unconditional offer with the University of Reading.*

Dates: Please note this Programme is not running for this year.

Cost: £1,400

A minimum of 4 students is required for this course to run.

Contact: Email if you have any questions or would like to find out more.

How to apply for the Postgraduate Success Programme


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