Introduction to Thesis Writing

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Introduction to Thesis Writing is a course designed to support you in your own thesis writing, specifically fundamental elements such as the research proposal, literature review, and sections of chapters. The course will be particularly useful for students who need to develop their English language proficiency and/or understanding of the requirements of English thesis writing.

The course will run during second semester, 2014 and is non-credit-bearing, with assessment tasks graded as pass/fail. It is designed for students in their second semester of PhD candidature.

Registrations for this course will open mid-semester one.

Seminars will address the cross-cultural and disciplinary differences in thesis writing with a focus on students’ own writing. Topics that the course will cover include:

  • Writing and revising research proposals
  • Writing background chapters and literature reviews
  • Library research skills
  • Writing critical literature reviews
  • Introducing an argument in a chapter
  • Developing and concluding an argument in a chapter


Students will develop their English language knowledge, the skills required to communicate their own research orally, visually and in writing, and gain an improved understanding of how to write research proposals, literature reviews and sections of chapters with appropriate and correct English grammar and style. The ability to plan, develop and evaluate their own and others’ English oral and written communication, and the capacity to think and communicate critically in order to create new ways of understanding will be emphasised in the course.

Further information

For more information on the program, contact Dr Bronwen Dyson. If you have a technical difficulty in submitting your application, or to place your name on a waiting list, please contact . Students on the waiting list will be alerted when registration opens.

An A4 PDF flyer is available for Postgraduate Research Co-ordinators to display.