Working group 9: Master’s Workshop: Thesis Writing about Development

Organizers: FSDR and UniPID

Location: University of Helsinki & Online


This workshop aims to provide master’s thesis students with the skills and knowledge necessary to write a high-quality thesis. By the end, students will be equipped to:

  1. Understand the elements of a good thesis, inter alia, a coherent research question, selecting the relevant theory, well-defined and appropriate methodology and persuasive argumentation.
  2. Identify and overcome common challenges in writing a thesis, such as a writer’s block, lack of clarity, and difficulty organizing their thoughts.
  3. Utilise effective writing strategies, including brainstorming, outlining, and revising, to produce a high-quality thesis that meets the standards of their academic program.
  4. Acquire peer support in navigating the road to completing a well-written thesis.

Prior Preparation:

The participants are asked to submit short texts, 1- 2 pages, by 31 January 2024. The text can include, e.g., a summary of the proposed research/thesis (including some parts of the theoretical/conceptual framework, methodology, and research questions); a thesis outline, and/or an excerpt from the thesis.

All master’s students are invited to participate. Diversity in the level of studies and stage of thesis completion is encouraged to facilitate networking and peer-to-peer learning.

The workshop is free of charge and will last for three hours. The participants can join the workshop in person or online. The workshop is facilitated by FSDR and UniPID.

Registration will be open between 17.-31.1.2024. The number of participants is limited – ensure your participation by signing up early!

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Preliminary programme of the workshop:

12.00-12.15 Opening remarks

12.15-13.15 Session 1: Planning and organizing your thesis

13.15-13.30 Break

13.30-14.30 Session 2: Writing, revising, editing and proofreading

14.30-15.00 Discussion and closing remarks