Postgraduate Students - Academic Skills Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Honours and postgraduate students

The Academic Skills Centre offers courses and workshops designed to meet the particular needs of honours and postgraduate students.

Academic Skills for Honours Students

Honours study is characterised by greater depth and higher academic expectations. Honours can be challenging but it can also be an exciting step in your educational and intellectual journey. The Academic Skills Centre would like to help ensure that you have the skills you will need to succeed. We offer a number of workshops which address topics relevant to Honours students.

The honours course is offered iin Term 1. More info and enrolment »


Academic Skills for Thesis Writers

This series of seminars is aimed specifically at students ‒ Master’s and PhD ‒ who are writing a thesis. These sessions together comprise a single course, however, you can choose to attend only those sessions that you will find useful.

Academic Skills for Thesis Writers is offered in the summer and at other times during the year. More info and enrolment »

    “I found all of the Academic Skills Centre seminars outstanding: positive, enthusiastic presenters, high standard of presentation, plentiful supply of relevant information provided, excellent inclusion of class members and entertaining too. 

    Thank you. The experience was very valuable for a mature student returning to university study after a number of years out in the workforce.” --- Terrelle

Other Relevant Workshops

Making Sentences Work, Giving an Oral Presentation, The Writing Process and Proofreading Your Final Draft might also be instructive. For those in the Sciences, Science Writing for Postgraduate Students is offered weekly during term times.

If English is not your first language, two courses ‒ Speaking and Listening, and Reading and Writing for English Language Learners ‒ are designed to help you strengthen your English language skills.

In November each year, we host GradFest ‒ a week of seminars and workshops on a wide range of topics of interest to postgraduate students.

You are welcome to use other ASC services and resources.See the navigation bar on the left which links to learning events for all students.


  • Academic Skills Centre
    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140
    +64 3 369 3900
    When contacting us, please use your
    University of Canterbury email address.
  • Our location
    Level 3,
    Central Library (Puaka-James Hight)