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Research proposal

The research proposal plays a major role when planning your research and doctoral thesis project. It is a thematically and methodologically concise description of your doctoral thesis project and should not exceed ten pages (European A4 size). A research proposal has to include the following information:

  • description of the topic of the thesis project including a clear research question,
  • outline of the state of research,illustration of the chosen research methods,
  • relevant literature,
  • choice of supervisors,
  • Ethics

    Please state, whether there are ethical considerations to be taken into account at any stage of your research project and which issues precisely (eg research with human subjects, research with vulnerable groups). If not, please explain. Please state how you will address these ethical issues. Place your statement on researchs ethics in the exposé ahead of your bibliography!

  • time and work schedule, possibly financial budget and overview of resources.

Please click here for the guidelines for drafting a written dissertation concept for the public presentation at the Faculty!

Since the winter semester 2009/2010, workshops on how to draft a research proposal have been offered on a regular basis. You can register for these workshops via UNIVISonline. Click here for the workshop programme.

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