Key Information

Tutor: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Mode of Delivery: Online & Face-to-Face sessions available
Maximum Course Capacity: 30 (Online), 20 (Face-to-Face)


  • Tuesday 17 January 2023
    09:30-11:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday 09 March 2023
    13:30-15:30, South Kensington
  • Tuesday 02 May 2023
    13:30-15:30, South Kensington
  • Monday 05 June 2023
    09:30-11:30, Microsoft Teams

A literature review gives the background needed to understanding research projects. In this blended course we will analyse some strategies to enhance your expertise in writing a literature review, useful also for first year doctoral students.

Course Information

This blended course has pre-course activities to complete in your own time and course activities to engage with during the live course: you will receive the credit by completing all pre-course activities and participating in all course activities.

Pre-course activities (duration about 1h30) will prepare you for the live session: you will have short videos to watch, which will provide you with information, advice and strategies to prepare an effective literature review. You will need to complete short tasks that will help you to practice strategies and advice from videos, as well as to start structuring your literature review. You can benefit from these simple activities even if you are in your first year, they can support you also with the writing of your ESA.

The live course will support you in verifying the learning from the videos, clarifying doubts and working in small groups to receive/give peer-feedback on the tasks you completed. Live sessions are available on different dates as online interaction or as in-person workshop. Please check details when booking.


  • The deadline for registration is 2 weeks before the live course to allow the completion of pre-course activities
  • This course does not cover systematic reviews, grammar, as well as the use of databases and software.
  • In the course 'Developing and Producing your Research: Publications' you will discuss how to prepare the literature review for your articles.
  • You will need to upload your pre-course activities by 17h the day before the live course (you will receive details from the tutor by email).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this blended course you will be better able to:

  • Identify helpful techniques to define the topic of your literature review
  • Recognise keywords useful to your literature search
  • Employ effective techniques for searching for and reading your material
  • Develop your strategy for writing effectively
  • Assess how your literature review benefits your research

How to Book

Please select a date and book on via Inkpath using your Imperial Single-Sign-On.  Bookings will close two weeks before each live session.