“Best online course so far! Very interactive – especially with the breakout sessions in small groups.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, November 2020

“This workshop changed my attitude towards the writing process for the better.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, November 2020

“It was a challenging workshop, but the gain in knowledge was completely worth it!”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, November 2020

“I feel much more confident to start writing now.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, November 2020

“I really enjoyed the workshop and got motivated to write my thesis. Thank you!”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, November 2020

“I had heard this workshop was good and I wasn’t disappointed. It was great – it made it easy to get started on the thesis”

GRK2162: Neurodevelopment and Vulnerability of the Central Nervous System, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, November 2019

“The online setting works well for this course. I didn’t miss being there in-person.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, November 2020

“I liked the encouraging atmosphere in the course. Now I feel a little bit more confident about my writing.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, November 2020

“It was really helpful having a deadline each day to force us to write something. The examples were also really useful.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, November 2020

“I never thought that I would be able to write so much of the thesis in one week!”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, July 2020

“I have a positive attitude towards my thesis now!”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, July 2020

“Met my expectations 100%!”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, July 2020

“I really felt I got the 'kickstart' I needed.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, July 2020

“Having the course on Zoom also worked out very well.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, July 2020

“The individual comments on my writing and the chance to discuss feedback for half an hour on the last day were really helpful!”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, July 2020

“It was super helpful to have a writing task each day, see which questions arose and then have a chance to discuss those together in the group.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, July 2020

“I never thought that I would be able to write so much of the thesis in one week!”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, July 2020

“Thanks for your helpful comments and the inspiration!”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, July 2020

Training:
Kick-starting
your PhD Thesis

For many PhD students, writing the PhD thesis can seem like an enormous mountain to climb. With little or no guidance, it is all too easy to lose yourself in searches for sources, stray away from the overall message of the thesis and feel frustrated with writing progress. This workshop provides a roadmap to help participants through this process, helping them to use their time more efficiently.

All courses are available online
All courses are available online
Overview
This workshop helps participants create a clear, detailed structure for their thesis, providing them with a roadmap to help them continue their writing after the workshop. Participants receive tips on how to create an effective structure and learn strategies for improving writing productivity. They also discover key elements that must be included in each section and are given practical tasks centred around crafting key subsections of their thesis.
Target group
Post-graduate students that are either in the process of writing, or about to write, their PhD thesis. Training can be provided for both individuals and small groups (max. 6) from a post-graduate programme, research group or university department. It is recommended that participants share similar disciplinary backgrounds.
Course content

A typical example of course content is shown below.

  • Differences between a thesis and a research article
  • Techniques for productive writing
  • Creating a clear structure
  • Key elements of each section
  • Crafting crucial subsections
Method
Instructional sessions focus on the key ideas behind coherent and cohesive writing, with practical sessions providing participants with many opportunities to apply the new ideas to their own work. The small group size fosters discussion between participants, prompting peer feedback and new perspectives.
Course Format/Duration
This workshop consists of ten 90-minute units that are delivered during two 90-minute sessions per day over four days (e.g. Monday to Thursday 09:00-12:15). Friday is devoted to 30-minute individual feedback sessions with the workshop facilitator.
Course fees
€1900 + expenses (travel, accommodation, printing of handouts)
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