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Getting Started – Crafting Your Research


30. June 2023 09:30 – 30. June 2023 18:00
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Philipps-Universität Marburg, MARA, F|05, Deutschhausstraße 11+13, Seminar room 01.0010

Most research does not move in a straight line from finding a thesis question to drafting answers and writing out the report of one's findings. It is a process of thinking, drafting and revising - not always in this order - over and over. This course develops vital scientific reasoning and reporting skills through the process of putting ideas and thoughts on paper. As the antechamber to a scientific writing course, it offers a number of methods and tools to make you more effective in advancing your research from forming your ideas to making coherent assertions. This course will have you scribble, draw and write to remember, to understand your subject and to establish your own perspective on it.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will be able to boil down broad topics, formulating relevant questions and stating the key problems.
  • You will know how to argument your research well, mastering claims, reasons and evidence as well as warrants.
  • You will be familiar with plotting tools and a method of organizing persuasive outlines.
  • You will be able to craft your facts into a clear and engaging story. You will also know how to use storytelling to move your thought process along.
  • You will be aware of how to include a visual thinking approach when developing your reasoning.

Didactic Methods

Trainer input, exercises (with personal example), partner interview, question-grids, group activity and feedback, five-sentence-method, storytelling, guidelines


This course is designed as a workshop into which you bring examples of your own work in progress.

Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.

The workshop is planned as an in-person event. You are required to comply with the hygiene measures in effect at the time of the event.


June 30, 2023, 9:30 am–6 pm

Target Groups

Doctoral candidates from abroad


Maximum number of 10 participants
The event is organized jointly by the International Office and MARA and can be offered free of charge.


Please register until June 15, 2023 using the online registration form.


Dr. Constanze Armbrecht

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Doctoral Program for Humanities and Social Sciences