COVID-19: Professional Development Programme Delivery

Please note that the Professional Development Programme will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic session. Wherever possible, we will be sticking to previously timetabled courses, however, please check programme/individual course pages for up-to-date information. Courses being delivered remotely will be clearly signposted on the website and should be booked in the usual way, using the online form.

It should be noted that not all courses on the programme are suitable for remote delivery, please contact the Graduate School if a course you are interested in is not currently available.


Writing for Master's

Preparing your Dissertation (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level: Level 2
Course Information: Remote Teaching Using MS Teams

This workshop examines some of the planning and preparation strategies as support for the preparation of your dissertation.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Create a structure for your dissertation
  • Employ planning strategies to become a more effective writer
  • Use writing strategies to become a more effective writer
  • Assess your dissertation


  • There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Preparing a PhD Proposal (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level: Level 2

In this workshop you will learn about the contents and the structure of a research proposal. You will also analyse a PhD research proposal and start writing a draft version.

In preparation for the workshop, you must think about a project (context, motivation, methods, potential results, importance of the project, potential supervisor) you would like to develop during your doctorate.

Note: registrations will close 1 week before the workshop.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the key contents required to write a research proposal
  • Recognise the importance of having a clear structure
  • Analyse a written PhD research proposal
  • Write a draft version of the research proposal


There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Preparing your Literature Review - online course

This online course will equip you with key skills and knowledge on how to start, what to include and how to structure your master-level literature review. You can complete the course at your own pace and start at any time.

On completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Define your literature review from your research question 
  • Identify the boundaries of your literature review with reference to your research question 
  • Assess the usefulness of different sources of literature 
  • Employ effective reading strategies 
  • Structure a literature review based on a research question

To complete the course, you are required to achieve a threshold level of understanding which will be tested through a final exam. Instructions on how to receive a certificate as proof of completion can be found in the course in the section ‘Course Info.’

Please follow the instructions below to self-enrol onto the course MasterClass: Preparing your Literature Review.

Literature Review Self Enrolement.Pdf