Writing and defending the thesis (support module)

Module C

This module, taken in Part 2, will assist you in the various phases of conducting your research and writing it up for the thesis in Part 2. Over the two years of Part 2, the module attends to the needs of each phase: data collection and analysis; the process of writing the different chapters of the thesis; integrating theory and data; considering different audiences for your work and engaging in a defence of the thesis. The module is also responsive to needs of the cohort as they arise during the process of research and allows you to benefit from the collective intelligence of both departmental staff and other researchers on the doctoral program.

Because this is a support module the assignments are assessed on a pass/fail basis and are designed to allow you to explore and experiment with some of the themes and concepts you will develop more fully in your thesis.

You are asked to write three short papers for this module, each focusing on a different aspect of the process of writing and defending a thesis. There is an opportunity to give a presentation on each assignment at the residential prior to the submission date and so to receive formative feedback from both the module tutor and other members of your cohort.

The module leader for module C is Dr Jan MacArthur who has many years’ experience in this field.

Participant comment: “…things fell into place and I was happy with all modules delivered.  Really good knowledgeable supportive lecturers.  Excellent, all questions answered and others posed!”