Module Details for the Academic Year 2018/2019

TS00090 PhD Masterclass

Sometimes external factors stop us from achieving our goals eg. lack of resources, changes in circumstances and plans not working out. However, there is an increasing body of research in the area of self-sabotage or selfhandicapping that shows that there might be internal reasons for stopping ourselves from reaching our goals.

Examples of common self-sabotaging behaviours include procrastination, perfectionism and over-committing. Completing your thesis occurs in a reasonably unstructured environment where much relies on your own initiative and commitment. In this context there is a lot of scope for self-sabotaging behaviours to operate. This intensive program will provide you with an opportunity to explore your own self-sabotage patterns and identify strategies for dealing with them. The course, while having strong theoretical and empirical underpinnings, will be practical and based on helping you to get your thesis finished.

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This course (2 half day workshops) will give you practical strategies to deal with common problems such as:

- Procrastination, perfectionism, overcommitting
- Writer’s block or putting off writing
- Obsessing over the quality of writing
- Experimenting or reading (for years even) as a way of avoiding writing
- Getting distracted and overcommitting rather than working on the thesis
- Thinking the PhD has to be the best PhD ever
- Not getting help even when stuck or obviously needing it
Item Workload
Seminar (or Webinar)




Description % of Final Grade Timing
Attendance: Full Attendance Required




This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

In-semester assessment


If you fail this module you may repeat, resit or substitute where permissible

Module Requisites and Incompatibles

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Prior Learning

Curricular information is subject to change