Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Articulating the Research Gap in the Doctoral Thesis

LEVEL D - Doctoral Workshops/Symposium

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Doctoral School

The workshop will focus on the research gap as the driving force of the doctoral thesis. It will examine the practicalities of creating and filling the research gap at both macro and micro text levels. It will develop an awareness of the research gap as the underlying rationale of different academic text structures at macro levels; and as the verbalisation of its various aspects at specific points in the text at micro levels. Special attention will be paid to the articulation of aims and research questions. The workshop will initially focus on the analysis of academic texts from various fields. Doctoral researchers will then be guided in applying the skills learnt to their own research projects.


By the end of this workshop, doctoral researchers should be able to:

- identify parts of an academic text that create a research gap;
- create a research gap in their own writing both at macro and micro text levels.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This workshop is split into two parts – Part 1 and Part 2. Attendance is required in both parts.

Timetable Details

Semester 1
Occ A - Part 1 - Date: 23 Sep 2020; Time: 9:00 - 12:00; Duration: 3 hours
Occ A - Part 2 - Date: 25 Sep 2020; Time: 9:00 - 12:00; Duration: 3 hours


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Natalie Schembri

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