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level of study Master's and PhD level
time taken to complete 2 hours per week for 6 weeks

This course has now finished for this term. Please check back at the end of September for next term's dates.

This course is suitable for postgraduate students. It focuses on the skills and techniques required to write successfully about research.

Information: Modules that carry the AS- code are non-credit bearing modules. This means that successful completion of these modules by attending 80% of the course, will appear on your  Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).


This course will take place online, and is made up of the following two-hour sessions:

SESSION ONE: Habits and tools; subject and style; article analysis

In this session students will learn:

  • the importance of developing good writing habits
  • different tools of the trade
  • to read like a writer
  • elements of effective academic style.

SESSION TWO: Structure and flow in extended writing

In this session students will learn how to:

  • write effective introductions and abstracts
  • improve structure and flow in their writing
  • create a niche for their research and demonstrate originality
  • use general to specific and specific to general patterns effectively
  • structure information logically from old to new

SESSION THREE: Working with the literature and writing critically

In this session, students will learn to:

  • synthesise the literature around their own argument
  • foreground their own argument in relation to the literature by adjusting Theme and Rheme
  • build a confident voice as an academic writer

SESSION FOUR: Writing about research methods

In this session students will:

  • learn what to include in research design chapters
  • learn the difference between methodology and methods
  • discover examiners’ common complaints about research design chapters
  • learn to explain your own research design clearly.

SESSION FIVE: Discussions and Conclusions, Editing and Proofreading

In this session students will:

  • learn to structure discussion and conclusions
  • learn to make claims effectively
  • learn to evidence claims effectively
  • hone strategies for editing and proofreading.

SESSION SIX: Formatting your Thesis

In this session, students will discover how well-presented work gets higher grades. This thesis-formatting workshop will teach you all the tips and tricks to get the most from Microsoft Word. You’ll learn how to meet academic standards and to give your work a professional edge.