Presentation on theme: "Research Project or Thesis Proposal MT, MA and PhD"— Presentation transcript:
1 Research Project or Thesis Proposal MT, MA and PhD Graduate Student SeminarOctober 23, 2013
2 Introductory NoteThere are many ways of conceiving an MT, MA or a PhD thesis or research project proposalThis presentation is based on our experience over the years as former graduate students, and as professors
3 Scope of this presentation The:WhatWhoWhenHowof the MT, MA or PhD thesis or research project proposal in CTL
4 What is a thesis proposal? An academic document, in which the graduate student exposes his/her plans for the research project or thesisA contract between the student, the supervisor, and the other Committee member(s), stating that the student’s plans would normally lead, upon completion, to the approval of a thesis or research project (based on relevance, originality, feasability)A plan that might be adjusted and modified throughout the process of the thesis completion
5 Who is responsible for the thesis or research project proposal? The thesis proposal is:conceived and written by the graduate student onlyoriented and corrected by the supervisororiented and approved by the thesis committee (MT: no committee is required, MA: supervisor + 1 other member / PhD: supervisor + 2 other members)further approved by the Department Head, and by the School of Graduate Studies
6 When is it expected?A thesis committee should be formed early if possible to support your thesis proposal writing journey. At the latest, the committee should be formed when your proposal is approved.After completion of all required courses, and in the case of the PhD thesis proposal, after completion of the Comprehensive ExaminationIn the case of the PhD, no later than the end of second year of full-time residenceIt is immediately followed by the submission of the Ethical Review Protocol
7 How to proceed?Identify your area of specialization and a research question (discuss with your advisor)Contact your potential supervisor (most suitable specialist in that area)Prepare a short preliminary draft of your thesis proposal under the guidance of your potential supervisorIdentify other potential members of your thesis committee (based on the complementarity of their expertise and on their compatibility)Submit this short preliminary draft to the potential committee members, and set up a first meeting to form your committee.Then work on drafts of your proposal with the support of your committee members until they approve it.
8 How long should it be? MT Research Project: 20 to 30 pages MA Thesis Proposal: pagesPhD Thesis Proposal: pages+ Ethical Review Protocol
9 What should it include? Methodology Expected results Timetable BibliographyAppendicesEthical Review ProtocolFront pageAbstractTable of contentsIntroductionResearch question(s)RationaleLiterature review & Conceptual / Theoretical framework
10 Front page Title Name Program Date How to reach you Any instructions for the readers?
13 Introduction What is your research question? Why is it relevant and original?What contribution do you want to make to your field of inquiry?How do you intend to proceed?Give an overview of your thesis proposal
15 Rationale Originality Theoretical and social relevance Pedagogical implications
16 Literature Review & Conceptual / Theoretical Framework Establish links with your research questionsPresent and discuss existing knowledge (theories, concepts)Point to gapsElaborate a conceptual frameworkRemember to provide a definition for any new concept you are introducing
17 MethodologyDisciplinary orientation (links with your research question)MethodsOverall research designParticipantsProceduresData collectionInstrumentsData processingData analysis
18 Expected Results Expected contribution of your thesis Expected limitations of your thesis
19 Timetable Establish a tentative timetable Plan for up to two months for the approval of the Ethical ReviewAlways plan 2-4 weeks for feedback from your supervisor and your thesis committeePlan 9 weeks between approval of your completed Ph.D. thesis by your thesis committee and the oral examination
20 Bibliography List quoted references only Follow the American Psychological Association (APA) GuidelinesConsider using RefWorks or Zotero to manage your references
21 AppendicesPut in the appendices any document that is relevant to your thesis proposal, but that would be too long or too specific to be explained in detail
22 Ethical Review Protocol Wait for approval from your thesis committee before completing your Ethical Review ProtocolAppend your Ethical Review Protocol, as well as your questionnaires, interview schedules, tests, etc.
23 Further ReadingsGraduate Supervision, Guidelines for Students, Faculty, and Administrators, University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies --Intellectual Property Guidelines for Graduate Students and Supervisors, University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies
24 Further ReadingsOrganizing Your Social Sciences Research Paper - The purpose of this guide is to provide advice on how to develop and organize a research paper in the social sciences.
25 What else?Attend sessions given by OISE Student Services, Education Commons, CTLDo you have any questions?Would you like to make suggestions?