PhD Research Design
The aim of the course is practical; it is to help students produce a dissertation proposal by the end of the course. A dissertation proposal, which is a departmental/SGS requirement by the end of year three, identifies the research question you want to tackle in your dissertation; it lays out the reason/justification for taking on that topic; and it includes an outline of what steps you plan to take to execute the research. The development of the proposal should be undertaken in close consultation with your supervisor. The first few weeks of the course focus on developing a research question, approaches to research design, research ethics, and putting together a dissertation committee. The remainder of the course is organized around structured opportunities for students to workshop their research question and draft proposals, with feedback from peers and the instructors.