Basics

Before you embark on your thesis or dissertation preparation, research and writing you should familiarize yourself with the various sources of support you have available as a graduate student. Make sure you've read through the responsibilities of the supervisory relationship policy, which outlines your responsibilities as well as those of your supervisor, your committee and the dean.

Thesis Writing Starter Kit

The Thesis Writing Starter Kit is a searchable pdf that can help graduate students:

  • Form effective, collaborative writing/support groups
  • Ask for/give/receive feedback on writing
  • Enhance productivity
  • Understand psychological barriers to writing (anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination etc.)
  • Try out tested technology tips 

Thesis completion group

The thesis completion group offers support and encouragement and a place to problem-solve issues related to completing your thesis or dissertation. Guest scholars share tips and strategies that they have found helpful.

The thesis completion group also maintains a research guide to resources useful to graduate students at UVic.

The Centre for Academic Communications

The Centre for Academic Communications in the Mearns Centre for Learning holds writing workshops and seminars for graduate students each term.

Library workshops and citation help

UVic Libraries also offers specialized services and workshops for graduate students.

The libraries website also provides information and resources catering to the research needs of graduate students. You’ll find tips for research success, how to book a study carrel, and tips for submitting, finding and writing theses.

Additional resources to assist you as you begin your thesis or dissertation and throughout the process:


Student mental health
Professional development
Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
Graduate Students' Society

Program information