Structuring Your Thesis (Moderated online course)
Duration 5 days
Training Points 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

This course is delivered by the Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.



Target Audience
This session is for postgraduate researchers in the mid to late-stages of their doctorate.

This course involves a number of activities around structuring your doctoral thesis. Therefore those enrolling on the course should be at a stage in their research where they are writing or beginning to plan writing their thesis. To note, the course focusses on the structure of a standard thesis and not thesis by publication format.

Masters by Research students may attend the course too as the materials and exercises are still relevant for structuring an MRes thesis.

This course is not suitable if you have already attended ‘Getting Going on your Thesis’ or ‘Finishing your Thesis’ or the classroom version of this course (also called 'Structuring Your Thesis').  

Course Description

This online course will prepare you to think about the ways in which it is possible to structure a thesis, and facilitates you in working on your own thesis structure. The materials draw on the Nottingham etheses respository.

So if you feel a bit limited about what is possible, join the group and explore the range of structures that exists within and across disciplines.

Aims/ Objectives

By the end of this session you will have

  • Taken stock of the research materials you have gathered so far
  • Considered a range of structures for a thesis
  • Completed a draft outline of your own thesis structure

Course groundrules for participation in this course

During this course you will be asked to consider the central claims of your thesis and the content you have or will collate to substantiate your conclusions. Although this course is a closed forum, available to only the participants and tutors of this course, please remember that you may consequently be posting details from your own unpublished thesis.

By booking on this course, all participants must agree to treat any of the other participant's thesis materials as confidential. This must be strictly adhered to in order to protect your thesis and the thesis of others.

It is advised that you speak with your supervisory team if this may be a concern before booking a place.

Process and time commitment
This is an online moderated Moodle course. It includes resources, group forums and individual tasks for students to work through.

The course is open for five days (Monday-Friday). Students are encouraged to log in each day at a time of their choosing and complete the content and tasks allocated each day. Please log in and introduce yourself to the group on day one if possible.

It should take between 3-4 hours to complete the course and it is recommended to set aside 30-45 minutes per day in your diary. The actual completion time may vary between students according to reading speeds and the time you choose to spend completing each of the tasks and engaging with forum discussions.

How to join the course and assessment of completion
UK researchers: to book onto this course please see the available dates at the bottom of this page and click on the “Book” link. More information on how to join the course in Moodle will be sent to you shortly before the start of the course.

China and Malaysia researchers: to book on this course please make sure that dates are available at the bottom of this page and use this email address: ra-training@nottingham.ac.uk to request a place. Please make sure you add the start date of the course to the email.

You will receive an email with a link to the course in Moodle a few days before the course starts and you must use this link the first time you log in.

There is an optional assessment at the end of the course if students would like to gain training points. The assessment must be submitted within 2 working days of the end of the course.

Booking Conditions

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded.   

Pre-Requisites This session may be recorded. If a recording is kept of the session, then please note, that it may be made available to the wider University of Nottingham researcher community.
LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Online Course01 March 202101, 02, 03, 04, 05 March 202112:00am - 12:00am0Add to Waiting List
Online Course19 April 202119, 20, 21, 22, 23 April 202112:00am - 12:00am0Add to Waiting List
Online Course24 May 202124, 25, 26, 27, 28 May 202112:00am - 12:00am0Add to Waiting List
Online Course28 June 202128, 29, 30 June, 01, 02 July 202112:00am - 12:00am0Add to Waiting List