It need come as no surprise that you’re expected to write a dissertation as part of your course having been given all the information about your course when you first started. So there’s no reason for waiting until the first day of your last year to start thinking about it!
PhD Dissertation Defense Form: Obtained from the . This form should be signed by your committee at the defense and returned to the Registrar’s Office. If revisions are requested, additional form, the Report on PhD Revisions Form is required. This form must be submitted by the doctoral candidate after the committee has accepted the revised dissertation. : for committee members to sign at your defense. Please Note: Signed version of the Signature Page is required by GSAS and should be turned in to GSAS. An unsigned Signature Page should be included in the prefatory pages of the final, ready-for-publication dissertation.
Writing a dissertation is likely to be the biggest piece of work you’re going to tackle on your university course. To do your dissertation justice means spending a lot of your time and energy on your dissertation – and sometimes tears.
Most universities allow one academic year for students to complete their dissertation, but some university courses require a longer or shorter project. Whatever the timescale of your university or institution, a year stretching ahead of you can seem an age.
Anyone who’s done a dissertation tells you with glee that this is merely an illusion and you that you need to do some careful planning to make the best use of your time. Time has a way of evaporating like thin air – and all too soon the submission date is hanging over you like a dark cloud.
At IU, master’s degree candidates complete theses, while doctoral candidates complete dissertations. Each work comes with its own set of requirements, including and , and both have multiple options for . A doctoral dissertation also comes with the added requirement of a defense.
Electronic Submission: Submit your dissertation to . The Doctoral Dissertation Agreement Form, Title Page, and Abstract are all part of the online submission process.
Usually you have one academic year to write your dissertation. I say ‘academic year’ because an academic year is shorter than a calendar year. You probably start the academic year sometime between the middle of September and the middle of October, and you have to submit your finished dissertation (polished and perfect, completed and bound) in the following May or June. That’s actually about seven months in total.
Publishing Options: ‘TR’ (Traditional Publishing) restrictions and/or embargo on dissertation access is available through TR option; ‘OA’ (Open Access Publishing) no restrictions available to researcher (author must pay additional $95 fee for Open Access). about TR and OA publishing. You can also submit to the , which is OA and free of charge.
Take out a few weeks for sickness, holidays and trips to the pub, and you have about six months. Now deduct the time you need for your other course work: essays, presentations and attending lectures. Also take off the hours a week you spend doing paid part-time work. On top of this subtract the time you need for keeping up with your family and friends, and the many groups you’re involved in that make inroads on the time you have for your dissertation.
Rather scarily, your ‘year’ may seem a lot less time than it first appeared. This doesn’t have to be a problem however. What you need to do is plan your time effectively and then manage your time well. The best way of managing your time is by having a timeline.
A timeline is a schedule of events or a plan and it is presented chronologically. Your approach to your dissertation timeline depends on a number of factors such as your work space and whether you prefer ideas, for example, to be presented in a visual map or a linear list. A way of working out what is best for you is to think about how you like taking notes – straight prose, lists and numbered information, or using more organic lists with coloured diagrams, linked together with arrows?
You may like to create a table with overlapping lines called a Gantt chart, showing the different tasks you’ve set yourself and how the tasks run alongside one another. You can see an example of a Gantt chart in the following figure.