Postgraduate study skills
If you have started studying at postgraduate level you probably already have good undergraduate-level skills, but these will be developed further and assessed more stringently in postgraduate study.
Covered in this section
- Reading skills for PG study
- Gathering and processing evidence and data
- Presenting your findings
This section should take about 45 minutes to complete and includes 2 audio clips.
You'll need new skills for postgraduate study. You'll be expected to
- read outside the module's core materials in order to get a broader perspective on your specialism
- demonstrate academic judgement by gathering appropriate published evidence or data, which you then critically evaluate and use as the basis for logical argument and discussion
- gather your own data and consider its significance, by using methodologies such as questionnaires and statistical analysis
- present your findings in a professional manner: as a written assignment, a dissertation, or an oral presentation to others.
If you haven't studied for some time, or you want to review your skills, take a look at the other resources in Skills for OU Study, which are aimed at undergraduates. They include advice on planning and managing your study - at postgraduate level, you may well have to find 15 hours a week to study.