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How to Write Your PhD Thesis, Part 1: The Fundamentals of Academic Writing

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This session is the first in a series on How to Write Your PhD Thesis running over the next few months. Although it's part of a longer course, you can take it as a stand-alone session

Please note: if you can't make it live, you can still register and you'll receive a copy of the recording.


Do you ever...

  • Feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work to do?
  • Get lost in the literature?
  • Struggle to start or edit the 10th draft of a chapter?
  • Suffer from writer's block?
  • Feel like you're working and working but nothing ever gets finished?

Or do you ever feel that you're trying your best but you've never had the right guidance?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this course is for you. Whether you're just starting your PhD or pushing towards completion, this course is here to help you.

In this first session, we'll lay the foundation with some essential principles as well as some common mistakes to avoid. We need to recognize bad habits before replacing them with good ones!

You will learn:

  • How to start untangling the mess of ideas in your head
  • How to create a very quick first draft of a chapter or section
  • How to deal with writer's block and perfectionism
  • How to avoid the most common writing mistakes
  • Techniques for avoiding distraction and focusing your attention

You'll also start to assess your potential content and potential obstacles. This will be done using a series of specific, in-depth questions; answering these will tell you exactly what you need to communicate to your readers.

The first session will last up to 3 hours (with a few breaks and plenty of time for Q&A)

What you get

  • Live access to the event and Q&A
  • Access to the recording to watch as many times as you like
  • Access to a private Facebook group to ask questions after the live event ends
  • Specific exercises and questionnaires to help you decide what to say
  • Specific structures to adapt to your writing

Academic writing can be enjoyable

Yes, it's true. A lot of people suffer because they are working hard without seeing a positive outcome. Words go down on the page, but they aren't happy with what they've done.

But with the right guidance and by developing the right skills we can make sure that your effort produces something you can be proud of. Writing can become enjoyable, rather than a source of stress.

Course structure

In this course, you'll learn, step by step, how to write each part of your thesis, starting with the introduction and taking each section one at a time.

  • Module 1: Fundamentals
  • Module 2: How to Write an Introduction
  • Module 3: How to Write Your Literature Review
  • Module 4: Methods and Methodology
  • Module 5: Presenting your Results, Analysis and Discussion
  • Module 6: Conclusions and Preparing to Submit and Defend

About the course

The aim of the course is to cover as much of the thesis writing process as possible, as simply as possible.

These live sessions will be recorded and available to watch later. You will also have access to a private Facebook group to ask questions and chat with other attendees between live sessions and after the course ends (because questions may come up months later!)

For details of the full course, please click here.


Some important information

The session will last up to 3 hours (with breaks!) depending on the number of questions asked.

The ticket price only covers this first module. Later modules will have to be purchased separately.

Please note that the session on the 5th eSeptemberuns from 10 am to 1 pm Central European Time, on the 6th September from 4 pm to 7 pm. Please check the local time wherever you are.

To join the session, you'll be sent a link at least 24 hours before the event starts.

If you have any questions please email

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