Dissertation Research Topic Formulation

Course Description: 

Starting with the student’s research proposal from the program application package, the student will further develop his or her dissertation research topic in the first term of the first year by: 1) consulting with his/her provisional supervisor and one other faculty member, and 2) conducting a short presentation in the PhD Faculty/Student Seminar.  Based on this and any additional required work, the student will prepare a preliminary proposal to be completed by December 12. 

Learning Outcomes: 

Students will take preliminary steps to develop a research problem and research questions.


Students will receive feedback from their supervisors on how to improve the preliminary proposal as a first step towards the literature review and prospectus. Preliminary proposals should be no more than 10 pages double-spaced. Credits are awarded for this element when the research topic has been approved by the supervisor.