Prior to completing the first year, the doctoral candidate will prepare a research plan containing (at a minimum) the dissertation’s methodology and goals, as well as the time and resources required to achieve them. This plan can be improved upon throughout the program and must be endorsed by the candidate’s Supervisor and Tutor.
The Academic Committee of the program will evaluate the research plan and the personal activity book on a yearly basis, along with any report issued for this purpose by the Supervisor and/or Mentor. In the event that the Academic Committee should detect any significant shortcomings, the Committee may request that the doctoral student present a new research plan within six months. Should said shortcomings persist, the Academic Committee shall issue a reasoned report and the doctoral student shall permanently withdraw from the program.