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 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

  • SUMMER Series: Monday,10 February 2020 to Thursday,13 February 2020 between 2.00 pm to 3.50 pm. Please enrol, and attend the sessions that are of interest to you. (Monday 10/2 - 2 pm Note-taking, 3 pm Thesis structure & planning Tuesday, 11/2 - 2 pm Critical reading 3 pm Literature Reviews, 3 pm, Wednesday,12/2 - 2 pm Writing a coherent thesis, 3 pm Time Management, Thursday, 13/2 - 2 pm Writing a Proposal 3 pm The publication process: passed

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

Even if these lectures are fully booked, it is likely there will be space on the day, so feel free to turn up. If you would like to be notified when this lecture is next scheduled, or just find out more, email Judith Coullie.


Writing a Literature Review (PDF handout)

Many other resources can be found at

Course Outline PDF

2020 GradFest - info. coming soon!

Each year, the Academic Skills Centre, in conjunction with the Postgraduate Office, Library and Careers, hosts two series of workshops for postgraduate students. In 2019, the Winter GradFest will be in the week beginning 10 June. The Summer GradFest will be in the week beginning 29 October. 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)