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Dissertation Bootcamp 2: Dissertations, the writing-up stage (Weds pm, online)

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Dissertation Bootcamp 2023 is a series of workshops taking place on four consecutive Wednesday lunchtimes online, repeating on Thursday evenings in person, in June and July. An additional session on literature reviews will repeat online on a Monday lunchtime and an evening. (dates below).

This is workshop 2 of the Dissertation Bootcamp series: the writing-up stage

This second workshop focuses on the later 'writing up' stages of the dissertation writing process, with a particular focus on the literature revew and discussion sections, as well as connecting the various sections from introduction to conclusion. It will be more relevant to students who have already begun their dissertation research process and and are engaged in the later stages of writing up their dissertation research. 

An earlier companion workhop will discuss the preliminary stages of the dissertation process. It is suitable for students who are early in their dissertation writing process, including considering a research area and formulating a question, writing a dissertation proposal, and undertaking preliminary research. This will be more relevant to students who have not yet begun their dissertations, or who have begun their research and would like to review their process so far and plan their next steps.

Although the workshop will be helpful for dissertation writers from any discipline, the workshop will particularly focus on empirical research dissertations. Empirical research is usually found in scientific, social science and vocational subjects, and such dissertations use questionnaires, surveys, lab experiments and other methods to gather original data, and follow a formal report structure, rather than primarily researching from secondary literature, books and journals.

The workshop will cover:

  • Dissertation structures
  • Literature reviews
  • Discussion sections
  • Introductions and conclusions

The workshop is primarily aimed at postgraduate students, but undergraduate students or phd researchers may also find it helpful. 

The slides and a recording of this workshop will be found in the Birkbeck Study Skills Moodle Module, in the Writing Skills Resources section under 'Dissertations and research skills'.

Dissertation workshop dates:

Wednesday lunchtime sessions (online) 1-2.30pm: June 21, 28, July 5, 12 

Thursday evening sessions (in person) 6-8pm: June 22, 29, July 6, 13

Monday literature review sessions (online) : June 26th 1-2.30pm; July 3rd 6-7.30pm

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