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How to write an abstract (W24R)

An abstract is a precise and concise overview of a larger piece of writing, and is placed at the beginning of the article, essay or thesis it describes. It is often referred to as a ‘summary’ and, even more often, it is misused to signify other types of introductory writing which do not, in fact, function as abstracts.

This workshop presents the main aspects of writing an abstract, as well as the common errors in conception and use. It covers:

  • what abstracts are and are not
  • the concision and structure of abstracts
  • essential elements of abstracts
  • the differences between abstracts and introductions
  • what constitutes a good abstract (within a given word limit)


Additional information:

Who is it for? All postgraduate research students. To register for this workshop, you must be enrolled on (or recently graduated from) one of the following degrees: PhD, MPhil, Masters by Research, EngD, EdD, professional doctorate.

Is any preparation required? No

Is catering provided? No

Who is the tutor? Dr Mihai Balanescu


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