The Doctoral Dissertation (Research and Writing I-II., Finalization)

Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status

Course Level: 
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Academic Year: 
US Credits: 
Course Code: 
ENVS 7921, ENVS 8108, ENVS 8012
Course Description: 

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) 

Learning Outcomes: 

After completing this program element, students will be able to: 

  • demonstrate doctoral level research and analytical writing abilities; 

  • engage with feedback received from committee members on written drafts as well as in pre-defense comments; 

  • refine writing and increase coherence of written manuscript based on received feedback. 


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.