Writing a Thesis Chapter

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Writing a thesis chapter is a course designed to strengthen your drafting and analysis skills as you prepare for the most intensive writing phase of your candidature. It is designed for second year PhD students, and may be of particular value for those who require additional writing support or who have English as an Additional Language, especially international students. As the sequel to ‘Introduction to thesis writing’, it will focus on the thesis chapter to further support students with their own writing.

The course will next run during Semester 1, 2015 and is non-credit-bearing, with assessment tasks graded as pass/fail.

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

  • Developing the argument of the thesis
  • Developing literature reviews and theoretical frameworks
  • Writing substantive and results chapters
  • Writing about methodology
  • Writing discussions and conclusions
  • Preparing a conference/thesis abstract


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.

Registration closed

Registration for this course is now closed.

Applications for the Semester 1, 2015 offering will open towards the end of 2014.

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.