PhD Thesis

Hispanic Studies PhD Requirements

6. PhD Thesis

Every candidate for the Ph.D. must complete a thesis. At the completion of Year 1, Term 2, students, with the help of the Graduate Committee, will choose a Thesis Supervisor and devise a Dissertation Topic. Working with his/her Supervisor and any other potential members of the Advisory Committee, the student will then submit and publically present a Thesis Proposal. The proposal, submitted and presented by Year 2, Term 5, includes a detailed bibliography and a calendar of activities and milestones. The Graduate Committee will examine the proposal and make appropriate recommendations.

Note that:

a) Due to the involvement of many faculty in team-based research projects (Transatlantic Studies Research Group, Applied Linguistics Research Group, Performance Studies Research Group, CulturePlex Laboratory, etc.), students may develop dissertation projects ideas collaboratively within the context of a research team.

b) During Year 3, Term 8, students will submit a Formal Research Report to the Graduate Committee detailing their progress on the Ph.D. thesis. Satisfactory progress is a required condition of continued registration in the program.

c) For formatting guidelines, submission details, and examination procedures, please visit Western’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Thesis Index: http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/thesis/index.html

 

Year in Program:

Ph.D. 1

Term 1 (Fall)

Term 2 (Winter)

Term 3 (Summer)

Thesis

Compile/draft ideas for Ph.D. thesis.

Name Ph.D. thesis supervisor (this person will also supervise course defense #2).

Begin work on Ph.D. thesis proposal.

 

 

Year in Program:

Ph.D. 2

Term 4 (Fall)

Term 5 (Winter)

Term 6 (Summer)

Thesis

Continue to work on Ph.D. thesis proposal.

 

Complete and present Ph.D. thesis proposal (date to be determined by department).

Begin work on Ph.D. thesis.

 

 

Year in Program:

Ph.D. 3

Term 7 (Fall)

Term 8 (Winter)

Term 9 (Summer)

Thesis

Write Ph.D. thesis.

 

Write Ph.D. thesis.

 

*Submit Formal Research Report.

Write Ph.D. thesis.

 

 

Year in Program:

Ph.D. 4

Term 10 (Fall)

Term 11 (Winter)

Term 12 (Summer)

Thesis

Complete and revise Ph.D. Thesis.

 

Complete and revise Ph.D. Thesis.

 

Finish and submit Ph.D. thesis.

 

Ph.D. thesis defense.

 

Make plans for post-graduation employment.

 

 

Start looking for and applying for jobs.

 

Continue to plan for post-graduation employment.

 

Continue looking for and applying for jobs.

 

Apply for graduation.

Thesis Regulations can be found at: http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/regulations/8.html

There, you will see that there are two format options for the Ph.D. Thesis: 1) The Monograph Form or the Integrated Article Form.

 

Monograph

▪     Title Page

▪     Abstract and Keywords

▪     Co-Authorship (where applicable)

▪     Epigraph (optional)

▪     Dedication (optional)

▪     Acknowledgments (where applicable)

▪     Table of Contents

▪     List of Tables (where applicable)

▪     List of Figures (where applicable)

▪     List of Plates (where applicable)

▪     List of Appendices (where applicable)

▪     List of Abbreviations, Symbols, Nomenclature (where applicable)

▪     Preface (where applicable)

▪     Body of Thesis divided into various chapters and must contain:

▪     - Introduction

▪     - Literature Review (where applicable)

▪     - Middle sections/chapters

▪     - Summary, and Conclusions

▪     - Bibliography

▪     - Appendices (copyright releases and ethics approval should be included where applicable)

▪     - Curriculum Vitae

Integrated-Article

▪     Title Page

▪     Abstract and Keywords

▪     Co-Authorship (where applicable)

▪     Epigraph (optional)

▪     Dedication (optional)

▪     Acknowledgments (where applicable)

▪     Table of Contents

▪     List of Tables (where applicable)

▪     List of Figures (where applicable)

▪     List of Plates (where applicable)

▪     List of Appendices (where applicable)

▪     List of Abbreviations, Symbols, Nomenclature (where applicable)

▪     Preface (where applicable)

▪     Body of Thesis:

▪     - Introductory chapter to the entire thesis with its own bibliography

▪     - Literature Review (where applicable)

▪     - Middle chapters. Each is presented in an integrated-article format without an abstract, but with its own bibliography.

▪     - Final chapter (general discussion and conclusions) to relate the separate studies to each other and to a relevant discipline or field of study. This section has its own bibliography.

▪     Appendices:

▪     - This section to contain details of methodology, tabulated data, and other pertinent data not provided in detail in previous chapters. Ethics Approval (where applicable) and copyright releases from publications must be included here.

▪     Curriculum Vitae 

▪     Note: The bibliographies for each of the individual chapters should be in a consistent format throughout the thesis regardless of the citation formats of the journals in which the article has appeared or will appear. Tables and figures should appear in the text where they would be for publication.