‌When you join us at Dundee, you'll become part of a friendly and welcoming community with a thriving postgraduate culture and plenty of intellectual stimulation.

Throughout your time with us, we encourage you to develop intellectual independence and professional skills.  We invite all postgraduates to present papers at our regular postgraduate forum, which is supported by School research funds. We also have yearly conferences (both subject-specific and interdisciplinary) which are organised by and for postgraduates, but which also attract more established speakers. 

We have strong monitoring and support systems in place, and both your supervisor and a thesis monitoring committee (consisting of at least two members of academic staff other than your supervisor) will provide advice on publications, potential grant applications, and career development.

Skills for researchers

The University of Dundee supports you at every stage of your career, helping you to develop your full potential as a resear‌cher and prepare you for the job market ahead (both academic and non-academic).

Our Organisational and Professional Development unit offer training which covers:

  • Writing research proposals and applying for grants
  • Presentation skills
  • Setting research objectives
  • Managing research projects
  • Effective writing and communication
  • Team working


Our main University Library and Learning Centre provides a range of services to support all aspects of the research process, including:

  • Extensive hard copy and digital resources
  • Dedicated research room for consulting Special Collections
  • 'Discovery', the University's institutional repository of academic publications

SAPPHIRE archive material‌

Within our own School, we have also built up a wealth of archive material related to twentieth century Scottish print and publishing, including material donated by Publishing Scotland and Canongate publishers.  The Scottish Archive of Print and Publishing History Records (SAPPHIRE) also recently relocated to the University of Dundee. SAPPHIRE's collection of social history records, interviews, digital material and Scottish print ephemera and publishing records covers over 6 cubic metres of space.

Cam Kennedy Comics Studio

We have recently opened the new Cam Kennedy Comics Studio, fitted out with all the equipment required to produce traditional and digital publications, and the University has been steadily building up a collection of original artworks by comics artists and cartoonists from the late 19th century up to today.

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