My Thesis in 10 Steps
Are you half way through your PhD or Masters course and beginning to wonder how you will ever collect your ideas into a thesis? Or are you coming towards the end of your grant and in need of advice on how to make the best use of limited time?
The workshop helps individuals realise what they have achieved, and helps them to present it in a recognised style, structure and format.
A thesis is almost certainly the biggest writing project you have faced. It looks daunting and there is little guidance that tells you how to go about creating it.
Who should attend
You should come on the workshop if you are:
- half way through your PhD or Masters course and beginning to wonder how you will ever collect your ideas into a thesis,
- coming towards the end of your grant and in need of advice on how to make the best use of limited time, or
- you have post-graduate students and want to know how to help them create their theses so you can minimise the time you spend coaching and reading drafts.
Outline of Content
This workshop presents a structured approach to planning a thesis that helps you place the research into a document that meets your university’s requirements. It helps you develop a monthly timetable that maximizes your chances of delivering on time.
During the workshop, 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 10. use existing theses and the university’s rules as guides to DESIGN simply.