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Masters Dissertations

Writing a Masters dissertation is a big project. We have a number of resources to help you tackle your research, reading and writing. 

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Throughout the Summer we will be running a number of workshops to help you at each step along the way. Please note that each workshop runs twice, but the content is the same for each.

Planning Your Masters Dissertation - 6th April, 4-5pm & 12th April, 11am-12pm

There are lots of components to successfully completing a Masters dissertation, and this workshop will help you think about how to plan for what you need to do.

Reading for Your Masters Dissertation - 11th April, 2-3pm & 27th April, 4-5pm

You need to read a lot for you dissertation, and not just for information. This workshop will show you how to approach your reading in an efficient and effective way.

Writing Your Masters Dissertation - 4th May, 4-5pm &  26th May, 2-3pm

Writing you dissertation is about more than just recording the things you've read and the experiments you've done. During this workshop we'll discuss things like thinking about your reader, how to be more analytical in your writing, and how to make sure your work flows.

Just Write - 10th May 10am-12pm & 6th June 2-4pm

This two-hour session is a chance for you to get your head down and get some writing done.

Editing & Reviewing Your Masters Dissertation - 25th May, 4-5pm & 3rd June 11am-12pm

Having a well-edited dissertation can make a big difference in terms of grades. Learn what you need to be looking out for when editing & reviewing your work.

Bookings for all events are now open! Please use this form to book onto your chosen workshop:

All events will be online. You'll receive a confirmation email of your booking and a link to the session 48 hours before it occurs. If you have any enquiries about any of the workshops, please email

"I have received my dissertation feedback recently. This was the best score that I received throughout the study period! Thank you again! I could not have achieved it without your help"

Skills guides

We have a number of guides to help you through the dissertation process.

Being Critical

What does it mean to "be critical"? How can you be more critical in your reading and writing?

Being Critical [PPT 2,182KB]


How do you avoid highlighting everything that you read? How can you make your notes more selective and useful for revision and coursework?

Note-making [PPT 1,106KB]

Time Management

What are the best ways of managing your time at university? How should you balance the various tasks you have to do?

Time Management [PPT 5,613KB]

Referencing and Paraphrasing

Why do we reference? How do you know how to format your references properly? What are the best ways to integrate sources into your writing?

Referencing and Paraphrasing [PPT 5,545KB]

Literature Reviews

What is a literature review? How should you find and manage literature? How should you critically evaluate it?

Literature Reviews [PPT 3,661KB]

Critical Writing

How should you be critical in your writing? What are some good rhetorical strategies for being critical? How can you put these into practice in your own writing?

Critical Writing [DOC 1,141KB]


How to Read an Academic Paper

A recording of a workshop delivered to the Barts Academic Research Society, in which we cover the typical structure of an academic paper and the "three pass" method of reading.


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