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This is an optional live session for MSD DPhil students, complementing the online self-directed course ‘Writing a thesis’ in Canvas. This two-part course is designed for those in the final or second-to-last year of their DPhil who are preparing to write their thesis.


Live sessions will be used to answer questions about the online course, discuss your thesis outline and message, and share thesis writing challenges and solutions.

The online course covers planning, writing, and editing your thesis. By the end of the course (with or without a live session), you will

  • Have developed an initial detailed outline of your thesis for discussion with your supervisor
  • Have planned a writing schedule that considers your writing speed and style
  • Feel ready to write a rough draft of your thesis
  • Be confident in revising your own writing for clarity, simplicity, and completeness and in applying feedback.

You can read a full description of this two-part course here

Please note that this course is designed for MSD DPhil students. MSD MSc students are welcome to attend but please be aware that not all content will apply to your situation and that tutors will not be able to comment on your programme’s requirements.


The booking link for this live session can be accessed from within the self-directed Canvas course. Please follow this link and select ‘Join this course’ on the home page.

Once you have watched the Course overview video and completed a short quiz to confirm you understand how this two-part course works, you will be able to access the link for booking any live session date (including this one).  



Maximum 40 participants per live session. (Unlimited self-enrolments into the Canvas course)