Dissertation FAQs

This summer. Your questions. Our answers.

I’d like help with proofreading.

We have a workshop coming up later in August ‘Three ways to Proofread your Draft Dissertation’  Which will give you tips and tricks to help proofread your own work. If you are unable to attend though, we have already put the slides and handout for this workshop on LSE LIFE Moodle page

It would be really helpful to have more opportunities for collaboration to talk through ideas together.

We think it’s a great idea to get together with others who are conducting and writing up their research. Meeting up is a great way to share ideas and can help spark and maintain motivation. We have set up a ‘Dissertation Skills Exchange Board’ in LSE LIFE workspace 1. Why not put up some details of what you’d like to talk about and your email and see who gets in touch?  Remember you can come use the space and whiteboards in LSE LIFE to meet (and show & tell!)

Could you do this Writing Lab another time?

We’re repeating our whole day of events on 22 July for What’s the Story: Writing Lab  and 31 July for Pull it Together: Writing Lab  on those days you can also attend Plan a Week of your Dissertation, Keep Calm and have a Cuppa, and Writing Retreat.

It would be helpful to have the workshop slides on Moodle.

The materials and slides for nearly all our events are available on the LSE LIFE Moodle page in the ‘Create a Great Dissertation’ section. 

It would’ve been good to offer planning sessions in June, or earlier. Will there be more ‘Planning your week’ sessions?

We’ve offered planning sessions in December, February, March, and May.  All the materials are available on our Moodle page and our popular wall planners are still available at the LSE LIFE reception.  And if you’d still like to work on project planning for your dissertation and making the most of your time, there are two more Planning Your Week workshops on 22 and 31 July.

I’d like help with thematic analysis.

We ran a workshop to offer practical tips on Thematic Analysis. Check out the Moodle page (under Create a great dissertation > Collect and analyse data and materials) for lots of other helpful resources and exercises you can work through yourself.  The Methodology department’s Moodle page also has excellent resources to help you learn how to conduct thematic analysis.  And don’t forget you are always welcome to come along to a one-to-one with an LSE LIFE Study Adviser to talk through how you’re getting on with your analysis.  Book an appointment here.

I’d like help with writing my literature review.

We ran a few workshops and had a talk on the Literature Review. You can watch a video of our talk on What is a Literature Review?  And find  helpful resources and exercises you can work through yourself on our Moodle pageDon’t forget you are always welcome to come along to a one-to-one with an LSE LIFE Study Adviser with questions. Book an appointment here.   And don’t forget our next writing lab for developing your literature review, What’s the Story?  on 22 July.

I’d like help with discourse analysis.

Why not check out our materials on our Moodle page from the LSE LIFE session on Practical Tips for Discourse Analysis? There are lots of helpful resources and an exercise you can work through yourself. The Methodology department’s Moodle page also has excellent resources to help you learn how to conduct thematic analysis.  And don’t forget you are always welcome to come along to a one to one with a Study Adviser with questions. Book an appointment here

I’d like help drafting interview questions.

Take a look at the material on our Moodle page from our workshop on Practical Tips for Planning and Conducting Interviews for lots of helpful resources.  

One particular resource that might be helpful is Constructing Questions for Interviews and Questionnaires: Theory and Practice in Social Research, Foddy, W. (1993).  This book and many more are available online via the LSE Library. Don’t forget you are always welcome to come along to a one to one with a Study Adviser with questions. Book an appointment here

More writing retreats, please!

We are planning 11 more Writing Retreats this summer!  But you don’t have to wait for us!  Create your own writing retreat, here’s how.  Remember, you can book a group study space in the Library for your retreat or come along to the LSE LIFE space.

I’d like help doing quantitative data analysis.

We have a Quantitative Dissertation Methods Adviser who you can book a one to one with.

A one-to-one session to discuss my dissertation would be great.

We offer one to ones Monday to Friday 10am-6pm throughout the year and through the Summer break. Book an appointment here.

Is there a Qualitative Methods Adviser?

No, but you can and come talk with us about your qualitative methods.  All methods have limitations, and there is never the “one, perfect method” for any project.  What’s important is that you’ve thought about each of your decisions about collecting and analysing data – and are aware of the implications and limitations of your methods.  We can certainly talk with you about this!  However, we won’t tell you how you should collect and analyse your data.  For further advice on Methods there are lots of helpful resources on the Sage Research Methods database which all LSE students have access to just ensure you login to the site with your LSE ID.

I’d like to meet with someone to discuss how to do citations, especially non-conventional ones.

We have drop-ins Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 12-1 in LSE LIFE when you can talk with a librarian, who is specialised in citations and referencing (amongst other things!). You can also contact the Academic Support Librarian for your department directly if you can’t attend a drop-in.  

It would be helpful if we got support about career choices over the summer

LSE Careers is open all summer long so if you’re around London you can still book events and appointments.  Careers advisers are available for drop-ins in LSE LIFE on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-4 pm.  Check their website for more details.   

And remember, once you’ve handed in your dissertation, as an alum you have access to LSE Careers for 5 years after Graduation – so you don’t have to get your all meetings with careers advisers in over the summer! For more information see the Alumni section of the Careers website.

I’d really like to meet and discuss my ideas with experts in the field I’m writing on.

What’s stopping you?  Why not try contacting authors, researchers, or other experts and ask for a meeting? You have nothing to lose!  If you’ve never tried this and want some advice about how to reach out to other researchers, book an appointment with an LSE LIFE study adviser.

 

Remember though, the dissertation is an independent research project and supervision takes place in term time only, so in the summer break your dissertation supervisor will probably not meet you or respond to emails.