ThinkWrite: Your Thesis in 10 Steps - 25 March 2019
Target audience: mid stage postgraduate researchers, 6-18 months from submission.
This one day workshop is delivered by ThinkWrite.
A thesis is the biggest thing you have ever written. Delivering on time will take careful planning.When working on a STEM research degree it is easy to focus on the methods, data and resulting papers. In Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences you can get lost in the scale of the issues.
Stepping back and viewing your work through the structure of a successful thesis and appreciation of your universities rules for submission, can help to create a process-driven approach to gathering your thoughts.During the one-day course you will analyse how much work was considered sufficient for previously successful candidates, and use this as a tool of benchmarking your progress. A 10-step process will also help you plan your work and life so that you maximise your chances of finishing on time.
During this six-hour course participants will:
think about the purpose of a Thesis and use this to focus efforts,
examine the university’s rules to see what is needed to fulfil their requirements,
examine previous theses from your discipline, learning about key items of STRUCTURE and content,
create a chapter-level map of your thesis, letting this indicate areas where more research is required,
focus on individual chapters, creating a thinking tool that gathers information while you are finishing your research,
create a CATALOGUE of potential chapter content, identifying elements that need immediate attention,
create a sense of story within individual chapters, making the text more accessible to your reader,
instigate systems to MANAGE your time during the writing phase, ensuring that you meet your chosen deadlines,
look at a few tips on REVISING early drafts, and
use previously completed theses and the university’s rules as guides to DESIGN simply.
Lunch will be provided
This is a practical ‘hands-on’ workshop. To make the most of your day you will need to bring
1) a copy of a thesis that has been recently submitted by someone working in your
department. It is important that this is an example of one that passed. Ideally bring one in paper format, but an electronic version is better than none.
2) the university's rules and guidelines on submission of theses, including any information that you can find about the choice of examiners (internal and external).
For LJMU's guidelines see Code of Practice, accessible from here (login required) and a guide to exam processes here.