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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 will be the largest piece of coursework they’ve ever undertaken.  

That’s why, each year, we run a series of workshops to help Queen Mary Master’s students overcome the challenging parts of the format and bring the best out of their research. 

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, Spring 2021

Workshops take place on QMPlus. Self-enrol onto the series here and you'll receive weekly updates with workshop recordings and resources to help you between sessions.

  • Getting started — Wednesday 3rd March — 1pm
  • Research questions and dissertation structure — Wednesday 10th March — 1pm*
  • Reading into writing: Reviewing your literature — Wednesday 17th March — 1pm
  • Critical thinking: the discussion — Wednesday 24th March — 1pm*
  • Academic integrity, citation and referencing — Wednesday 31st March — 1pm
  • Finishing your dissertation: Editing and proofreading — Wednesday 7th April — 1pm*

*Includes Shut Up and Write session following the workshop.

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


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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