Unit 2: Starting your research

R31: Academic Writing: Starting your Thesis

This workshop is for doctoral students who are in the first year of their studies, or have not yet started writing their thesis.

The session will introduce students to the basics of writing a thesis, and important points to consider. It will also cover tips for getting started with writing, thinking about beginning a literature review, and show you how to find other example theses from your subject area.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand what writing a thesis involves, and what the different sections of a thesis should cover
  • To learn tactics for starting writing and approaches to beginning a literature review
  • To know how to find other examples of similar doctoral research online


 Facilitator: Learning and Information Services (LIS)

Date Time Venue  Booking link
Tuesday 7th November, 2023 2pm - 3.30pm Online via Canvas Eventbrite Link
Wednesday 8th May 2024 10am - 11.30am Online via Canvas Eventbrite Link


Vitae RDF descriptors addressed in this session are:

Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A)
This domain contains the knowledge and intellectual abilities needed to be able to carry out excellent research.

  • Knowledge base (A1)
  • Cognitive abilities (A2)

Personal effectiveness (B)
This domain contains the personal qualities, career and self-management skills required to take ownership for and control of professional development.

  • Self-management (B2)

Engagement, influence and impact (D)
This domain contains the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage with, influence and impact on the academic, social, cultural and economic context.

  • Communication and dissemination (D2)