Key Information

Tutors: Dr Christopher Cooling 
Course Level: Level 1
Prerequisites: No previous programming experience is assumed or required 
Course Duration: 3 hour session 
Format:  Live online or live face to face with hands on practice

Course Resources

LaTeX has become the industry standard for technical documents across the sciences - capable of producing articles, letters, books, slides and posters which are standardised, aesthetic and clear. Typesetting is also a widely transferable skill beyond academia. This workshop introduces you to the key concepts which underlie the LaTeX language and its various uses, and guides participants through the creation of a simple document template which can be used as the basis for their future articles.


  • What is LaTeX?
  • Creating a document
  • Chapters, sections and paragraphs
  • Tables of contents
  • Modifying text
  • Lists
  • Equations
  • Special Characters
  • Figures
  • Tables
  • References
  • Title pages
  • Common errors

The course will be delivered through a combination of slides, and hands-on practicals.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Recognise the advantages of LaTeX and its applications in the wider context of typesetting
  • Identify the key features for reading and compiling an existing .tex document
  • Develop new technical documents from simple templates
  • Create simple equations, figures, tables, lists and references within LaTeX
  • Assess and troubleshoot common compiler problems and use online aid tools

Dates & Booking Information

  • Thursday 13 January 2022, 14:00-17:00, MS Teams
  • Tuesday 22 March 2022, 10:00-13:00, MS Teams 
  • Thursday 28 April 2022, 10:00-13:00, South Kensington
  • Monday 30 May 2022, 10:00-13:00, MS Teams 
  • Thursday 23 June 2022, 14:00-17:00, South Kensington

Please email the Graduate School with your CID number to book your place.