Second-Year Researchers

Compulsory Requirements for the Second Year of the Doctoral Programme

Seminar requirements

2nd year researchers are asked to attend 3 seminars:

  • a Departmental Seminar in the 1st or 2nd Term
  • a Dissertation Writing Seminar in the 2nd Term
  • a Research Seminar either in the 1st or in the 2nd term.

Written requirements

  • Draft for thesis monitoring session, by 26 October 2020
  • One Quarter of thesis, by 10 May 2021


Second-Year Work Plan and Thesis Monitoring Sessions

In the light of the June Paper and its evaluation, and after a discussion with the supervisor, second-year researchers are required to present a Second-Year Work Plan. This plan should consist of a revised possible thesis outline (i.e. chapter headings and sub-headings), a timetable of progress, and a plan of seminars and research missions during the second year. The form should be filled in, printed and signed by both the researcher and the supervisor.

Please use this work-plan template.

Along with the work plan researchers are expected to submit a draft which will constitute the basis for the second-year thesis monitoring session. The draft should include an assessment of the progress of the PhD and an identification of existing problems and challenges. The draft should also discuss the results of the summer mission, the plan for the 2nd year (including the chapter to be written in preparation for the second term Dissertation Writing Seminar), and the plan for the One Quarter of thesis to be submitted in May. This draft should not be more than 2.500 words long, should include an updated table of contents and a section on the planned work ahead. 

Both the work plan (in paper) and the thesis monitoring draft (electronic file) should be submitted to the Departmental Coordinator by 26 October 2020. 

In November researchers will discuss their work with the supervisor and second reader. The supervisor will then draw up a report which should help the researcher to plan future work. Researchers whose progress is deemed insufficient are given specific suggestions on how to address their weaknesses


Passage to the Third Year: One Quarter of Thesis

Researchers should start drafting sections (even entire chapters) of the thesis as soon as possible. They must complete at least One Quarter of the thesis (which usually corresponds to two chapters) and submit the electronic file to the Departmental Coordinator by 10 May 2021. 

General Formatting of One Quarter of the Thesis

  • It is necessary to include a cover page stating the title of the paper and the name of the author, the name of the supervisor and the word count.  Please use this cover page template
  • It is important to insert a proper table of contents
  • Pages should be numbered throughout the paper
  • Graphs, maps and tables should be clear and easy to read
  • While proofreading it may be useful to double-check our Brief Guide for Academic English

For further information please check pp. 46 of the Researchers' Guide


Page last updated on 12 April 2021

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