PROSPECTUS DUE SEPTEMBER 1 of the 2nd year
DEFENSE DUE OCTOBER 15 in the 2nd year
Students should work with their Supervisor throughout the first year to develop their Dissertation Prospectus. During the first term, students work on writing a problem statement, preliminary literature review, and research questions. Based on feedback received, students revise these components. While completing the theory and methods study courses in the second term, students add a draft theoretical framework and methodology section, completing the first full draft of the dissertation prospectus by April 1. Students revise over the summer based on feedback after the comprehensive exams, for a fall submission and defense.
The Dissertation Prospectus must contain a plan of the dissertation research, covering the aims and goals, the scope, and the proposed research methods. The prospectus should be no longer than 10,000 words, excluding references. CEU Research Ethics Policy and Guidelines should be adequately considered by the student, and approved by the supervisor as part of the Prospectus. The student must complete the CEU Research Ethics Checklist (https://documents.ceu.edu/documents/p-1012-1v1202) and include it as an appendix to the prospectus, outlining what measures will be taken to minimize any risks to researchers and research subjects during fieldwork.
ENVS 6016 in Winter Prospectus Draft – 6 ECTS
ENVS 6017 in Spring Prospectus Preparation/Finalization - 8 ECTS
ENVS 7108 in Fall Prospectus Defense - 10 ECTS