PGR Thesis Writing

PGR Thesis Writing workshops for international students delivered by experienced tutors of Academic English from the Birmingham International Academy.

Session aims
 Session 1

Structure & Introductions 

 Session 2 Literature review 
 Session 3 Methods section
 Session 4 Results and Discussion 
 Session 5 Conclusions & Abstracts

Thesis Writing Skills (Masters & Phd) for International Students in Arts & Social Sciences - SUMMER 2018

Arts & Social Sciences                

Session 1: Structure & Introduction (Monday 11 June  14:00-16:00)

We will start by focusing on the various approaches to organising the sections of a Thesis or dissertation, before exploring the typical stages/steps in producing an Introduction. 

Session 2: Literature Review (Friday 15 June 14:00-16:00)

This session will help you to develop an understanding of what a Literature Review is, and how to show your reader that you have read and understood published work surrounding a particular topic. It will also briefly examine the idea of synthesis and critique in Literature Reviews.

Session 3: Methodology (Monday 18 June  14:00-16:00)

 This session will examine the typical components of the Methodology section of the Thesis or dissertation. It will help you to refine your language when describing step-by-step procedures in a research-based (primary and/or secondary) extended piece of work.

Session 4: Results & Discussion                (Wednesday 20 June 14:00-16:00)

The Results and Discussion sections of an Arts & Social Sciences Thesis are arguably the two most important parts of the Thesis or dissertation, as this is where the reader will expect to see a prevalence of the writer's voice through the form of analysis, critique and evaluation. In this session you will also learn a little about the language of claims and recommendations.  

Session 5: Conclusion & Abstract (Monday 25 June 14.00-16:00)

In the final session, we will be exploring different ways to bring your research to a close through the Conclusion. We will also look at the typical language and structure of the Abstract, and highlight the key differences between the Abstract and Introduction.

Watson LT B  (R15 on the campus map)

  • These are drop-in sessions;attendance at all five isrecommended, but optional
  • Room capacity is 80 and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis
  • Please enrol on Canvas here: https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/enroll/EC6J6A

 

 

Thesis Writing Skills (Masters & Phd) for International Students in Science, Engineering & Medicine - SUMMER 2018

Worried about writing longer pieces of work if English is not your first language? Avoid the panic by coming to our thesis writing sessions.

Science & Engineering

Session 1 Structure & Introductions (Monday 18 June 10:00-12:00)

This session will focus on the various approaches to organising the sections of a thesis or dissertation, the typical stages/steps in an introduction, guiding the reader through your thesis or dissertation & selecting appropriate language/style in science writing.

Session 2 Literature review (Thursday 21 June  10:00-12:00)

In this session we will look at what exactly is meant by ‘reviewing the literature’ and examine some different approaches to structuring a literature review in scientific  theses or dissertations. We will also look at different ways of indicate your critical stance through the use of language when introducing and commenting on the work of others.

Session 3 Methods section (Monday 25 June  10:00-12:00)

This session will examine the typical stages and moves in a methods section and help you to refine your language when describing step-by-step procedures in complex experiments.

Session 4 Results and Discussion (Thursday 28 June 10:00-12:00)

The results and discussion sections of a science-based thesis are where most writers will want to excel. We will look at a variety of ways of incorporating results and findings into a longer thesis or dissertation. In this session you will also learn a little about the language of claims and recommendations.

Session 5 Conclusions & Abstracts (Friday 29 June 10:00-12:00)

How should a thesis or dissertation end? We’ll be looking at different ways to bring your research to a close using an appropriate academic style. We will also look at the typical structure and language of abstracts and identifying key differences between an abstract and an introduction.

 

Watson LT B (R15 on the campus map)

 

  • These are drop-in sessions; attendance at all five is recommended, but optional
  • Room capacity is 80 and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis
  • Please enrol on Canvas here: https://birmingham.instructure.com/enroll/WH8FF8