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Proposal and Prospectus


The proposal is a five-seven page document (12 point font, double-spaced), plus bibliography (one page) to be submitted at the end of the second year. Typically, the proposal should include the following elements:

  1. Introduction
  2. Research preparation and contribution to the field
  3. Methodology and work plan
  4. Research aims and structure
  5. Conclusion.

It must be approved by the committee by the end of the second year.


The prospectus is a prescriptive blueprint of the research to be undertaken in the dissertation, to be submitted by the end of September of the third year.  It must be written in English.  No more than 10 double-spaced pages (plus exam lists and dissertation bibliography), it includes the following elements, usually in this order: