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The thesis and report writing course is relevant for research students at any stage.


This course covers methods of managing and controlling the process of thesis and report writing, as well as meeting deadlines. It also discusses the principles and practice of high-quality scholarly writing. It includes:

  • The production of reports, papers and theses from a time and project management point of view
  • The writing task itself: this includes logical argument construction, the importance of structure in a document, appropriate style to be used in academic writing, and how to make the actual writing process as pain-free and effective as possible.
  • An opportunity for you to critique a short paper with your group.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Plan and manage the production process of reports, papers and a thesis
  • Structure writing effectively
  • Structure logical arguments
  • Use appropriate styles according to the type of writing and the audience
  • Critique others’ writing


DPhil students and research staff




Dr. Louise Baron


Information about the next scheduled course, and how to apply for a place, are in our course programme. This course usually takes place in Michaelmas and Hilary Terms. If it isn't currently appearing in the course programme, please keep checking back. 


A1, D2

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. 

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)