Project description - PhD
For many PhD-candidates, the beginning of your PhD-period will primarily be concerned with getting acquainted with the research group and completing the project description. If you have gained admission based on a preliminary project description, a complete project description must be handed in no later than three months after admission. Writing the project description is generally done in close cooperation with your supervisor.
The complete project description should be about 5 to 10 pages long and contain the following information:
- Details of the subject, research questions, theory and method
- Risk assessment of the project
- Academic outline of the project
- Progress plan
- Description of any legal or ethical issues raised by the project and how these should be resolved
Avoid abbreviations in the title of the thesis.
Faculty-specific information #
At the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Medicine, the complete project description is generally handed in along with the application for admission. The requirements for the complete project description are detailed above.
At the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology the complete project description is to be signed by you, your supervisor and the Department.
Some faculties have guidelines or templates for writing a project description. These guidelines may also be useful for PhD-candidates from other fields even though a specific faculty has created them for their candidates.