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This course will cover everything you’ll need to write a successful dissertation. From asking the right questions at the outset, to the nuts and bolts of a literature review and formatting it ready for hand-in date, sign up to get your dissertation off to the right start.


This course is made up of the following two hour sessions:

SESSION ONE: Creating a One Page Plan

You have your topic, and an idea of how you are going to approach the subject. But how do you start to structure this into an effective plan? The week will introduce the idea of a One Page Plan, a simple document that helps you outline the structure of your dissertation and, importantly, helps make the whole project feel achievable

Wedesday 8th February 2023, 12:00 - 14:00

Thursday 9th February 2023, 13:00 - 15:00

SESSION TWO: The Literature Review

One of the first sections of your dissertation to tackle is your literature review, which provides a summary of the research that led you to your dissertation topic. For many students working on their dissertation, this will be the first literature review they have done, so this week will look at how to tackle it and what to include. We’ll also look at some examples of successful literature reviews. 

Wedesday 15th February 2023, 12:00 - 14:00

Thursday 16th February 2023, 13:00 - 15:00

SESSION THREE: Methods, Results, Discussion; Time Management 

Each section of your dissertation requires a different approach in terms of the way it is written and the language that you will use. The first part of this workshop will look at writing styles for the methods, results and conclusions sections of your dissertation. 

In the second half of the workshop, we will consider some techniques for managing time effectively when working on a big project such as a dissertation. 

Wedesday 22nd February 2023, 12:00 - 14:00

Thursday 23rd February 2023, 13:00 - 15:00

SESSION FOUR: The 7 Roles of a Dissertation Writer 

Your dissertation may well be the longest piece of work you write; certainly it will be one of the longest you have done to date. In this workshop we will consider the multiple roles you will need to play as a dissertation writer, and how to make sure that your writing style, as well as the content, is as effective as it can be. 

Wedesday 1st March 2023, 12:00 - 14:00

Thursday 2nd March 2023, 13:00 - 15:00