Key Information

Course Level: Level 1 
Duration: Approximately 2 hours 
Format: Self-paced online Blackboard 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. The course activities will support you to verify your learning as well as to prepare your literature review in stages: we suggest you enrolling in this course when you are getting ready to prepare your literature review so that you will complete the course with a draft of your own literature review.

Please, note that examples are not subject specific: they are included to show how strategies are applied, you will need then to transfer the learning to your own literature review.

Learning Outcomes

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

Course Information

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 to self-enrol onto the course MasterClass: Preparing your Literature Review‌.