Writing a Thesis Chapter

Due to unprecedented demand, we have had to close applications early for next semester's "Writing a Thesis Chapter" course. Please email if you wish to included on a mailing list to be alerted of next available courses. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

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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 theoretical frameworks
  • Writing substantive and results chapters
  • Writing about methodology
  • Writing discussions and conclusions
  • Preparing a conference/thesis abstract

(Note that this course does not focus on literature reviews, as this is covered in the companion course, "Introduction to Thesis Writing", next offered in Semester 2, 2015.)

Throughout the course 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 and sections of chapters with appropriate and correct English grammar and style. The ability to plan, develop and evaluate oral and written communication in English, and the capacity to think and communicate critically in order to create new ways of understanding will be emphasised.


Registrations for this course in Semester 1, 2015 are now closed. Please email if you wish to included on a mailing list to be alerted of next available courses.

Further information

For more information on the program, contact Dr Bronwen Dyson. If you would like to place your name on a waiting list for future courses, please contact . Students on the waiting list will be alerted when registration opens.

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