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Third-Year Researchers


Compulsory Requirements for the Third Year of the Doctoral Programme

Written requirements

  • Draft for thesis monitoring session, by 4 January 2017
  • Two Thirds of thesis, by 15 May 2017

Third-year researchers have no formal requirement for seminar attendance; they are however strongly encouraged to attend the Advanced Dissertation Writing Seminar in the 1st term and to give at least one presentation in a workshop. The two following meetings are expressly aimed at 3rd and 4th year researchers in order to help them in their academic development:

  • 17 October 2018: Meeting on career development
  • 9 February 2018: Meeting on publication strategies  

Thesis Monitoring Sessions

The third year is the most demanding in quality and quantity of work and the department organises a thesis monitoring session in which each researcher discusses his/her work in progress with the supervisor and the second reader on 11 and 12 January 2018.

For this thesis monitoring session third-year researchers are expected to prepare in advance a draft of the structure of their thesis which will constitute the basis of the discussion. This draft (approximately 2.500 words) has to be sent to the Departmental Coordinator by 4 January 2018. Besides the self-assessment of the progress of the PhD and the identification of existing problems and challenges, the draft should include an updated table of contents and a section on the planned work ahead.

Passage to the Fourth Year: Two-Thirds of the Thesis

By the end of their third year of study, researchers must complete Two Thirds of their thesis in order to become eligible for the fourth-year grant. The electronic file of the Two Thirds of the thesis (in Word format) must be submitted to the Departmental Coordinator by 14 May 2018.

General formatting of Two-Thirds of the thesis

  • It is necessary to include a cover page stating the title of the paper, the name of the author and the name of the supervisor and second reader. Please use this cover page template
  • It is essential 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. 47-48 of the Researchers' Guide


Page last updated on 18 August 2017