The final stage of the Doctoral Program is the production of a dissertation which presents in detail the student’s research work and contribution. The exact format of the dissertation will depend upon the subject area and requirements of the research. The length of the dissertation varies, but it is generally recommended that the dissertation not exceed 80,000 words (including tables, graphs and footnotes; excluding bibliography and appendices) and should follow the CEU Doctoral Regulations.*
2nd year Winter and Spring ENVS 7921 - 18 credits Dissertation Research&Writing
3rd year Fall ENVS 8108 - 7 credits Dissertation Research&Writing ENVS 8012 - 9 credits Dissertation Finalization
*1st year - see separately (ENVS 6002 - 2 credits, Preliminary Literature Review, Problem Statement and Research Questions; ENVS 6106, 6107, 7108 - 10 credits, Dissertation Prospectus Draft, Preparation and Defense)
To demonstrate doctoral level research and analytical abilities.
According to the CEU Doctoral Regulations, to satisfy the degree requirements, the dissertation must make a significant and original contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the subject and must demonstrate the capacity of the candidate to carry out independent quality research. Whether the dissertation is defended in an oral or written defense, two members of the Dissertation Committee are asked to indicate in writing whether:
- the dissertation makes a significant contribution to the knowledge and to the understanding of the subject with which it deals;
- the dissertation demonstrates the candidates’ capacity to carry out quality independent research;
- the dissertation contains material worthy for publication; and
- knowledge of the state of the art in the specific subject.