This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.
A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?
This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:
Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing
A successful research project does not solely depend on an important research question and a well-designed protocol, but also on the efficient execution of the project. Many research projects fail to complete on time and on budget and some struggle even to get off the ground. In this half-day workshop we will apply the principles of project management to research projects and show how by applying some simple tools and techniques we can solve many of the common problems we face and avoid others altogether. The workshop will consist of a series of short, interactive lectures, interspersed with practical exercises.
After the workshop each participant will:
be able to define the different component parts of a research project
understand the common challenges that arise when managing a research project
be familiar with project management tools and techniques
be able to put these into practice
understand how to avoid the commonest problems that arise in management of research