Themes from Dissertation Panel Discussion – Part 2

The IAD Masters Team recently held a Questions and Answers panel on Dissertations. This was an opportunity for current MSc students to ask questions of former masters students and experienced university staff.

The questions covered various themes around writing dissertations from How to Choose the Topic to Tools for Writing Your Dissertation. This post focuses on the planning of your dissertation, choosing methodology and reading and writing. The post also highlights some of the tools available to help with writing your dissertation.

Planning Methods/Strategy

  • Plan out the timeframe of the dissertation – include reading, research, writing and proof reading
  • Do not under-estimate the time need for both reading ad writing, make sure to build plenty of time into your planning


  • Allow a buffer of at least 3 weeks (emergencies etc)
  • Email supervisor/ keep in touch throughout research

Doing the Research

  • Lab based? Talk to the lab researchers such as Post-Doctoral Researchers and Doctoral students for advice
  • Discuss the exact context of the research and the best methodology to use with your supervisor
  • Look for research methods books/texts which might be of interest –try your school’s library

Resources for Planning your Dissertation