Dissertations and Literature Reviews

Academic Learning Development can support you develop all aspects of dissertation and extended essay writing ranging from how to get organised and what to include in the methodology, all the way to how to set out the list of references.

The following resources also include techniques for recording, structuring and sequencing relevant sources of info for your lit review.

Resources Available

To help you with your studies we have created learning resources that you can make use of when preparing for your dissertations and literature reviews. The following resources are recommended if you are looking to improve how you approach writing a dissertation or extended essay:

The complete set of resources can be found on Blackboard, under the Student Support tab> Academic Learning Development> Resources> Dissertations or Literature Reviews.


There are several workshops taking place through the academic year that can support you in improving dissertation and literature reviews writing skills across our campuses.

Library Search Success

  • STUDY BETTER 2: Wed 11 Oct, 12.30 – 2.00pm, AH3.22

Effective Reading & Note-taking

  • STUDY BETTER 3: Wed 18 Oct, 12.30 – 2.00pm, AH1.21

Discussion Argument & Critical Analysis

  • WRITE BETTER 3: Wed 15 Nov, 12.30 – 2.00pm, AH1.21
  • WRITE BETTER 14: Wed 28 Mar, 12:30 - 2pm, Room TBC
  • WRITE BETTER 15: Thu 26 Apr, 12.30 - 2pm, Room TBC

Academic Writing Style 

  • WRITE BETTER 4: Mon 20 Nov, 12.30 – 2.00pm, AH2.23

Discussion Argument & Critical Analysis

  • Tues 21 Nov, 12:30 - 2pm, KICF06
  • Mon 26 Mar, 12.30 - 2pm, KICF08

Getting to grip with your dissertation/extended essay

  • WRITE BETTER 2: Tue 31 Oct, 12.30 – 2.00pm,  CCg09

Discussion, Argument & Critical Analysis

  • WRITE BETTER 4: Wed 6 Dec, 12.30 – 2.00pm, CCf01

You can download the full workshop schedule or visit the Student Events Calendar for more details.

Additional workshop topics can be offered on request. Please email learner@canterbury.ac.uk if you have a specific request for an additional workshop.


If you would like to book a one-to-one tutorial you can contact us by emailing learner@canterbury.ac.uk or calling 01227 928641.


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