PhD thesis guidelines for use by students of theIrish University Business School www.iubs.co.uk
What is a PhD thesis?
A PhD thesis brings together the layout of a report with the characteristics of an essay. With a PhDthesis, you are not given a title or subject area. You, the researcher must decide on these and it isimportant that the subject area is not the subject of a previous PhD. The thesis supervisor shouldagree with both the title and the subject area.
How should I decide what subject area to examine?
We suggest that you consider the following factors:a) In what topics are you interested? b) What do you intend to do after your degree?c) What work experience have you had?d) What are your time constraints and resource limitations?e) In which areas are you best able to obtain original data?
What rules should I know about?
It should be a minimum of 70,000 words.It should be written in Times New Roman with 1.5 spacing.It should clear a grammar checker set for English(UK) and to check for style as well as grammar.It should follow our detailed ‘Style’ document, which you should request before you commencewriting.It should be in report format and 1.5 line spacing with 25 mm margins.It is strongly recommended that you work on the ‘grandfather, father, son’ saving technique to avoidloss of your work in progress. Keeping copies in a different location is highly recommended
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