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Dissertation support for Master's students

Supporting Master’s students in writing their dissertations

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Writing a Master’s dissertation is a challenging task. For many students, it is the largest piece of research ever undertaken.

We run this series of workshops to support, coach and guide Queen Mary Master’s students on the dissertation journey.

This year, we're running the workshop series twice — once in the spring term and again in the summer — so you can attend whenever your submission date is.

Master's Dissertation Support Workshop Series, Summer 2021

Workshops take place on QMPlus. Queen Mary students can self-enrol on the QMPlus course area, where you will find recordings of previous workshops and links to the future sessions.

  • Getting started — Wednesday 16th June — 1pm
  • Research questions and dissertation structure — Wednesday 23rd June — 1pm*
  • Reading into writing: Reviewing your literature — Wednesday 30th June — 1pm
  • Critical thinking: the discussion — Wednesday 7th July — 1pm*
  • Academic integrity, citation and referencing — Wednesday 14th July — 1pm
  • Finishing your dissertation: Editing and proofreading — Wednesday 21st July — 1pm*

*Includes Shut Up and Write session following the workshop.

Enrol now.

Shut Up and Write!

Research shows that writing with others helps you to focus. So in addition to the workshops, we'll be running regular "Shut Up and Write!" sessions: 45 minutes of dedicated writing time.

These will include:

  • 45 minutes dedicated writing time
  • Peer and tutor feedback on students' work 
  • Q&A with Academic Skills tutors

What are your hopes for your dissertation?

Answer these quick questions about your expectations for the dissertation and what you'd like us focus on in the series.


Our Masters Dissertation Workshop series, Summer 2020

In the summer 2020, we developed a series of workshops to support Master's students on various aspects of the dissertation project that students find challenging.

As campus was closed for in-person teaching, we delivered the series online. We used Microsoft Teams to maintain a sense of connection among students: taking questions, sharing resources and recordings of the workshops that students could follow in their own time, whatever time zone they found themselves in. 

Live workshops and group writing sessions were conducted on Blackboard Collaborate


218Master's students from 50 countries attended one or more session

4.5/5Average rating from students who took part

4.5 stars our of 5

91%felt more confident about completing their dissertation after participating

“The Master’s Dissertation Workshops were very useful, especially during the current pandemic. They helped me to incorporate all the main sections of the dissertation from creating a research question, literature review, methodology, to the conclusion. Olu and Jack were excellent facilitators of the sessions and made themselves available for 1-1 meetings, which helped to address any questions or concerns I had. Thank you for making these workshops available!”
— Victoria, MSc Marketing

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