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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 through the summer to help Queen Mary Master’s students overcome the challenging parts of the format and bring the best out of their research. 

In summer 2020, our workshops were run online using Microsoft Teams. Sessions were recorded and were recorded, allowing students to participate wherever they found themselves during lockdown. 

We ran live workshops on: 

  • Getting started 
  • Research questions and dissertation structure 
  • Reading into writing: Reviewing your literature 
  • Critical thinking: the discussion 
  • Academic integrity, citation and referencing 
  • Finishing your dissertation: Editing and proofreading 

Sessions included: 

  • An interactive taught workshop on key aspect of the dissertation process
  • Exercises that helped students to see your dissertation from a different perspective 
  • “Shut up and write” – 45 minutes dedicated writing time. (Research shows that writing with others helps you to focus!) 
  • 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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