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Conceptualising, researching, structuring and writing a good dissertation or thesis

Conceptualising, researching, structuring and writing a good dissertation or thesis

Course Description

This Masterclass provide the basis for conceptualising, researching, structuring and writing a good dissertation or thesis. Conceptualisation’ is a generic aspect of Masters and doctoral study and a feature that every examiner looks for during the examination process. The workshop covers the entire research process, from the proposal stage, all the way to research design and methodology and thesis writing. Participants attending the workshop will be able to compile high quality thesis or dissertation and in good time.

Target Audience

The workshop is aimed at:

  • Postgraduate (master and doctoral) students;
  • Young academics and researchers who intend to improve their skills in helping students;
  • Newly registered postgraduate students; and
  • Anybody who plans to enrol for a postgraduate study.

Importance of the Course

  • Conventional / traditional PhD structures
  • Ideas around planning structure and organising the whole beast!
  • Where to prioritise time, effort, and word count
  • Key signposts for coherence
  • How to maintain focus and how to signal focus for the reader
  • Patterns for structuring chapters
  • Checklists for coherent and logical structure

Course Facilitator

Prof Olabanji Oni (PhD)

Prof Olabanji Oni (PhD) is an expert in the field of Business Management. He has supervised Masters and PhD students and published widely in the field of Business Management. His research areas are in Finance, Entrepreneurship, Small Business, Leadership and Strategy. He is a co-conveyer for the International Conference on Business and Management Dynamics as well as a reviewer and guest editor for various business management journals. He is a member of various committees in the University and has served in various leadership positions.

Course Content/Syllabus/Topics

  • Identify and conceptualise a research topic
  • Formulating a problem statement
  • Title page
  • Declaration
  • Acknowledgements
  • Dedication
  • Abstract
  • Table of contents
  • List of figures and tables
  • List of Acronyms
  • Introduction and Background of the study
  • Literature Review
  • Research Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion of key findings
  • Summary of Findings, Conclusion & Recommendations
  • Reference List
  • Appendices
  • Checklist

Training Methodology

The three (3) days workshop will be intensive and a hands-on with step-by-step guidance on writing a good dissertation or thesis. Participants will receive feedback from both the facilitator and peers throughout the workshop. Materials, PowerPoint slide show will be provided during the virtual workshop.

Course Costing


Course Dates

22-23 May 2024

28-29 September 2024

02-03 October 2024

Course Registration

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