Academic Research and Writing

Two-Day Participatory Workshop

for Academic Researchers

02nd and 03rd March, 2013 (Saturday & Sunday)


This specifically designed workshop will lead the participants from understanding the basics of academic writing to producing high quality research theses and reports. The workshop will especially focus on enhancing participants skills in this specialized area with the aim of equipping them to further their academic career. If you face the challenge on how to produce quality writing which could lead to publication - this workshop is an ideal opportunity to address that challenge. The two-day workshop is a blend of various components of quality writing concepts and personal planning for progress in the field of academic writing. Additionally, it will also address various issues related to your research and academic writing skills as well as tackling respective challenges from the perspective of your career development.  

Who Should Attend this Programme? 

This training package is specifically designed at:

  MA, MSc, MPhil and PhD students

  Junior and senior researchers / Research Associates

  Academic members of universities staff

  Staff members of think-tanks and research institutions

  Research and development executives (public & private organizations)

  Chief executives and departmental heads of corporations and NGOs 

What Benefits will I gain from this Workshop?

In addition to the overall enhancement of research skills, this workshop is specifically beneficial to:


MA, MSc, MPhil & PhD Students, and Junior Researchers

The workshop will:

  enhance their capability for preparation of research proposals;

  promote their ability to construct a strong foundation for their thesis;

  linguistically and technically, will help to produce a qualitative piece of research;

  significantly reduce the chances of their thesis being returned for amendments;

  enhance their ability to extract research papers from their theses;

  enable them to convert their theses into publishable books, monographs or research reports;

  strengthen their research background and make them more confident academicians; and,

  Help them in their career development. 


Established Researchers, Academicians and Senior Executives

The workshop will:  

  enhance the managerial expertise of senior researchers and supervisors;

  help in developing strong research proposals for funding;

  strengthen the research proposal and report writing expertise of all researchers;

  enable participants to explore relevant avenues to publish their work;

  help them to avoid common mistakes in their report writings; and,

  Strengthen report writing skills of non-academic researchers and executives. 

What are the Major Objectives of this Workshop?

The main focuses of this workshop are:

  provision of the specific required research skills to participants;

  preparation of a high quality research proposals;

  adequate structuring of a research report, particularly a PhD thesis;

  tackling linguistic and technical aspects of a piece of research;

  citation and techniques of quotation;

  the ways and means to publish research; 

What is the Academic Credential of the Trainer? 

This workshop will be conducted by Dr Muhammad Ahsan (FRSA). Having graduated from four countries (Pakistan, Japan, Holland and UK) and worked in two continents (Asia and Europe), Dr Ahsan is a distinguished research scholar. Presently based in England, he has over two and half decades experience of research and teaching in various capacities. In the fields of education, development studies and globalisation, his research has gained international recognition. In addition to authoring ten books, Dr Ahsan has produced a large number of reports and research papers published in various refereed international journals. His most recent publications is: Academic Research, Writing and Publishing: A Practical Handbook for PhD Students and Academic Researchers. He has extensively travelled and delivered a large number of lectures in various international conferences and seminars. His thoughts have significantly influenced in fixing priorities and directions for the Muslim World and re-forming the OIC (Organisation of the Islamic Conference). Dr Ahsan has also delivered numerous online training on academic research and writing.  

What is the Workshop Programme? 

Keeping in view the requirements of our participants and the practical challenges they face, the workshop is primarily based on three components, i.e., pre-writing work, writing work and post writing work. This two-day workshop is consists of four sessions. These sessions will be conducted at Skill Development Council, Islamabad. The detail of the programme is as under. 



Framework of the Workshop


Time Frame & Learning Area


Main focus of

the Session

Notes on the Learning

Outcomes of Workshop

DAY ONE : 02nd March 2013 (Saturday)



Session One

10:00 12:30


Basic challenges and research techniques



  Nature of research

  Common challenges

  Research proposals

  Basic issues


  In-depth understanding of the nature and management of research projects.

  Development of the conceptual base of research projects.

  Preparation of quality research proposals

  Adequately structuring a thesis.



Session Two

1:30 4:00


Important tips:

Quality of your work



  Quotation techniques and systems of citation

  Important tools in academic writing

  Important terms and symbols

  Some key issues in producing quality documents

  Application of theory / theories in research

  Defending your thesis



  Avoiding common and basic mistakes

  Understanding referencing system.

  Developing an impressive bibliography.

  Understanding theoretical base and related key issues.

  Developing skills in using key terms and symbols.

  Encountering and managing person specific challenges.

  Impressing your examiners.

  Based on the vast personal experience of the trainer as a foreign examiner for PhD theses, this session will address various key issues which are not usually discussed in academic books.


DAY TWO : 03rd March 2013 (Sunday)



Session Three

10:00 12:30


Publishing skills and exploring relevant avenues




  Research report

  Monographs, working papers and handbooks

  Research paper(s)

  Issues and challenges







  How to explore publishing avenues?

  Skill boosting to publish the research outcomes

  How to extract research papers from your thesis?

  How to produce and/or convert your thesis into monographs and research reports


Session Four

1:30 4:00


  Publishing your thesis as a book


  Roundtable discussion



  Difference between a book and thesis

  How to convert your thesis into a book?

  Group discussion and

Q & A session

  What are you taking back with you from this training?




  This is a very unique session focusing on the tools and techniques of conversion of a PhD thesis into a publishable book.

  This is an extremely important area and participants will learn that with little extra effort, how they can easily convert their theses into a book or a publishable report, rather than leaving it as such.

  Finally, the Q & A is a discussion oriented part mainly based on issues and concerns raised by the participants.

  Also, discussion on how to further expand and publicise your research at post-writing stage.

Good Luck




Starting From


Last Date of Registration




(Sat - Sun)





Duration   = 02 Days



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