Create a great dissertation

One-to-one sessions

LSE LIFE is open throughout the Summer Term and Summer Time. All the term-time one-to-one sessions shown here continue to run over the summer break. 

LSE LIFE Study Advisers

LSE LIFE study advisers can talk with you about pretty much any aspect of your studies, your exam preparation, or your dissertation, as well as decisions you might face about your future.

Walk & Talk

Discuss study-related topics with an LSE LIFE adviser, while taking a stroll around Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

Why walk and talk? Research from the fields of education and psychology shows that a change from your usual work environment, a gentle walk, fresh air and the sounds of spring can all inspire diversity of thought and well-being.

Look out for Walk & Talk sessions with LSE LIFE Study Advisers on LSE for You.


Not in London over the summer? No problem. Our Skype one-to-one sessions offer you the opportunity to speak with an LSE LIFE study adviser even if you’re not in London. Look out for Skype sessions with LSE LIFE Study Advisers on LSE for You.

Quantitative methods advisers

Overwhelmed by your data? Discuss practical questions about quantitative methods and working with quantitative data analysis software in your dissertation.

Look out for sessions with our Quantitative methods advisers on LSE for You.

Drop in for:

Academic support librarians can help with searching for literature or data and with citing and referencing.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 12-1pm.

Specialists in research ethics, data management, and data protection are here to answer your questions about protecting and managing your data.
Thursday, 4-5pm.

Experts in Microsoft Word and Excel can help you create tables of contents, charts, style sheets, and more to get your dissertation in fine format. 
Monday, 2-3pm and Wednesday, 11am-12pm. Starting 22 July.


Events and resources

The LSE LIFE Moodle page has resources to help you with many of the tasks you'll encounter in completing your dissertation project. Look for all our resources under the Create a great dissertation heading. Some highlights include:

  • Planning your dissertation research. An introduction to some key project management techniques, including anticipating problems, to help you plan your dissertation research, work out your schedule and keep your research on track.
  • Planning and conducting interviews. Practical tips on recruiting interviewees, using audio/video recording, and developing interview questions.
  • Tips for conducting thematic analysis. You've collected your qualitative data, now you want to analyse the underlying themes. Get practical advice on how to prepare your data and proceed with identifying, analysing, and reporting the patterns you find.
  • Structuring your dissertation. “How many words should the literature review have?” There is no one correct way to put together the written presentation of your research and discoveries, but you can think about what belongs in the various sections of a dissertation and build the foundation for your dissertation.

We're offering a number of events to help you with your dissertation work over the summer break. Remember, you can also book a one-to-one meeting for personalised support with your dissertation. 

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