LSCP Academic Skills for Thesis Writers - Academic Skills Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Academic Skills for Thesis Writers

The Academic Skills Centre offers a series of workshops for Master’s and PhD students ‒ those who are at the thesis proposal stage, through to students whose theses are nearing completion. All workshops are 50-minutes.
Each session covers a different topic. Topics may include:

  • Critical reading
  • Effective note-taking
  • Thesis structure and planning
  • Writing proposals
  • Writing a literature review
  • Writing a coherent thesis: Key strategies
  • Time management
  • The publication process

Dates and times

  • TERM 3 workshops start Thursday, 22 July through to Thursday,19 August between 2.00-2.50 pm. Please enrol, and attend the sessions that are of interest to you. Thursday, 22/7 Literature reviews, Thursday, 29/7 Proposals (qualitative), Thursday, 5/8 Thesis structure, Thursday, 12/8 Time management, Thursday, 19/8 Coherent thesis: passed

The next set of dates for this learning event has not yet been scheduled.

If you cannot attend in person, either because the room is full or because you are not on campus, you will still be able to attend as all sessions will be live-streamed via Zoom.  A Zoom link will be sent to enrolled students. If you would like to find out more, email Judith Coullie.


Writing a Literature Review (PDF handout)

Many other resources can be found at

Kick-start your research

Hosted jointly by the Academic Skills Centre and PGSA, these gatherings are intended to help students who are beginning the research journey to get started and keep going.

This “Kick-start your research” workshop for early stage master’s and doctoral research students will be held on Wednesday, 5 May 2021 from 2.00-3.00 pm in The Living Room (next to the University Book Store).

Speakers will offer support and share top tips and will answer questions you may have relating to your research.  Speakers include the Dean of Postgraduate Research and representatives from the Academic Skills Centre, the UC Library and the Postgraduate Students’ Association. 

The Postgraduate Students’ Association will provide refreshments.

We hope you can make it. RSVP to

2020 GradFest

Each year, the Academic Skills Centre, in conjunction with the Postgraduate Office, Library and Careers, hosts two series of workshops for postgraduate students. In 2020, the first online GradFest starts on 8 June. Topics may include:

  • Applying for ethics approval
  • Career objectives and planning
  • Statistics in your thesis
  • Using Turnitin
  • Oral presentations
  • Publishing research and co-authorship
  • Making the most of the supervisory relationship


  • Academic Skills Centre
    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140
    +64 3 369 3900
    When contacting us, please use your
    University of Canterbury email address.
  • Our location
    Level 3,
    Central Library (Puaka-James Hight)