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Getting started with CamGuides for Master's

Hello!

Welcome to CamGuides for Master's students! The goal of this resource is to introduce you to some of the principal academic and research practices that Master's students at Cambridge commonly engage in, and to help you to identify ways that you can prepare for your Master's degree before it starts.

CamGuides for Master's is aimed particularly at students beginning taught Master's degrees at the University of Cambridge, and it doesn't matter which subject you're doing, or which college you're about to join. You might even find it useful if you're about to start a Master's degree at a different university, or if you're about to begin your research Master's or PhD at Cambridge.

We recognise that your experience as a student may be different to the scenarios outlined on these guides, especially as we all navigate the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing measures, any questions can be directed to library@lib.cam.ac.uk.

This page gives you some key information about CamGuides for Master's itself. To view the resource itself, go back to the CamGuides for Master's start page.

I wish there'd been a resource like that when I started my MPhil back in 2011.

- MPhil Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic student, 2011-2012; PhD, 2013-2017

Five key facts about CamGuides for Master's

the number 5, painted in pale grey onto a dark green background1. It's for all taught Master's students, regardless of your subject, your college, whether you're studying full- or part-time, in Cambridge or at a distance.

2. It's designed as a 'pre-arrival' resource, which means that it focuses on what you can do to prepare for your Master's degree before it begins. But you can use it at any point, and no official Cambridge affiliation is required at all.

3. CamGuides for Master's is divided into six sections, covering many of the academic and research practices required for Master's level study.

4. How much you choose to use CamGuides for Master's is entirely up to you. You can work through the whole resource in full, or you can select only those parts which seem to be most relevant to you. Either approach is absolutely fine.

5. It's entirely free, and you don't need to sign up to any platforms. All you need is internet access.

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