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This course is scheduled in each term.

COURSE AIM

This workshop aims to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to confidently write your thesis, with the support of your supervisor(s) and peers. By the end of this workshop, we expect you to

  • Have developed a first chapter-outline of your thesis for discussion with your supervisor
  • Feel ready to set and stick to a writing timetable
  • Be confident in editing and applying feedback

 COURSE FORMAT

This interactive workshop will use talks, discussion, and written exercises, drawing on participants’ experience of writing and research.

As this workshop will ask participants to start planning their own thesis, early DPhil students are unlikely to benefit as much as those in the final or second-last year of their degree.

 

COURSE CONTENT

This course complements the course How to prepare for a successful viva. We’ll cover three main areas:

1. Planning the thesis

  • Defining the aim of thesis, versus other things you have written before
  • Figuring out your overall message
  • Possible thesis structures
  • Plotting your chapters to support your message
  • Gathering the information you need before you start writing
  • Communicating with your supervisor about how and when to request feedback

 2. Writing the thesis

  • Creating a writing timetable
  • Strategies for writing and overcoming pain points
  • Tips for specific chapters and their sections
  • Suggested IT training to help with writing a thesis

 3. Polishing the thesis

  • Editing your work from rough draft to simple, clear, and complete final thesis
  • Strategies for requesting, coping with, and incorporating feedback

 

COURSE LENGTH

3 hours

 

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

20 

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions for course booking and attendance.

*** NEW COURSES ***

Careers workshops for research students and research staff in Hilary term - run by the Careers Service

iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Mendeley (run by Bodleian iSkills) - book now for places during January-April.

Pathways for women researchers aiming for an academic career in sciencerun by the MPLS division

Graduate skills training courses available in early February at the Department for Continuing Education - spaces limited so book now

In collaboration with IT: R: Kick off – For those interested in learning what R can do to analyse and visualise data – 1 and 8 February

In collaboration with IT: R: Preparing for your data analysis – Basic concepts in exploratory data analysis and statistical modelling using R – 15 February and 7 March

In collaboration with IT: R: Visualising your data – For those who would like develop their skills in visualising data using R – 15 March

Writing a transfer report 23 January 2019

Writing a thesis 5 March 2019

Writing a thesis 12 March 2019

Writing a thesis 19 March 2019

Mixing it up mixed research methods course at the Department for Continuing Education (free for Oxford DPhil students) - 23 April to 11 June

Forthcoming events

Introduction to statistics (Group A)

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 to Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Introduction to statistics (Group B)

Thursday, 21 February 2019 to Thursday, 14 March 2019, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Viva preparation

Monday, 04 March 2019, 2pm to 5pm

Writing a thesis

Tuesday, 05 March 2019, 2pm to 5pm

Experimental Design: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Wednesday, 06 March 2019, 9am to 5pm

Managing your supervisor

Thursday, 07 March 2019, 10am to 1pm