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How to write your PhD thesis

Intensive 12-week course

Duration: 12 weeks (48 hours)
Price: £690 (this may be paid in three intallments of £230)
Format: Online live sessions
Places available per group: 10
Next intake for January 2018: Tuesdays 0930-1330 or Thursdays 1330-1730 (UK time), starting 9th/11th January

Writing is one of the most important and powerful skills you can have as an academic.

Not only do you need to write your thesis, you also need to be able to write clear and effective emails, publications, job applications and grant proposals. Doing these things well can change the course of your life and career.

Too often, writing is seen as a mysterious and terrifying process, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Yes, writing is hard, but with the right approach and investment of effort it is a learnable skill.

The aims of this course are to;

  • Save you time and stress by showing you exactly what you need to do at every step
  • Help you write better and with greater confidence by giving you clear, specific and actionable feedback

And overall to;

  • Help you write and submit an outstanding thesis

By the end of the course you will have written several submissible sections of your thesis, including;

  • Your introduction and research aims
  • The significance of your research project
  • Major sections of your literature review
  • A description of your research methods
  • Key findings, conclusions and future work

You will also know how to use writing to develop your ideas, arguments and analysis, and you will be able to plan and structure your work effectively. All of the principles can also be applied to other pieces of writing (such as proposals, publications or upgrade reports).

You will be part of a small group of PhD students, providing group support and accountability as well as insights into the difficulties other students face. You will not be alone!

“James helped me to understand how to structure arguments in a convincing and cogent manner, and to understand that writing is a skill that must be regularly practised. Ultimately, the examiners all agreed how well written my thesis was, which was very nice after all the effort!”
-Dr Karen Ruse

James helped me through the initial roadblocks to start writing and through the middle of my PhD candidature. Thanks to James, I was able to save a lot of time and did not waste my energy and attention on things that were not important. I would recommend working with James to anyone without hesitation.

– Guzyal Hill