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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 9 January 2019
  • Two Thirds of thesis, by 6 May 2019

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:

  • 15 October 2018: Meeting on career development
  • 15 February 2019: 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 17 and 18 January 2019. Researchers must plan to be present in Florence for their thesis monitoring session.

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 has to be sent to the Departmental Coordinator by 9 January 2019. 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 6 May 2019.

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. 47-49 of the Researchers' Guide


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