A thesis is a significant original body of work. A good thesis is thoroughly researched, demonstrates rigorous critical thinking and analysis, presents a detailed methodology and accurate results, and includes tenacious verification of knowledge claims.

Thesis proposal

MA students must prepare and successfully defend their thesis proposal. For information on the expected format and content of the MA proposal, please consult the Guidelines for the preparation of the MA thesis proposal.

Throughout the preparation and submission of the thesis proposal, it is important that every step of the process be centralized at the IFGS office to ensure that all of the steps are followed.

The MA proposal defense is a formal evaluation. It is also a unique occasion for the student to receive feedback on her/his/their work by seasoned academics in her/his/their field and to reflect in situ upon the implications of the evaluators’ questions or suggestions for her-his proposed project. The atmosphere should be collegial and conducive to productive/constructive criticism and advice for the pursuit of the student’s MA work. For information on the procedures regarding the defense of the MA proposal, please consult the Procedure for the submission and defense of the thesis proposal.

If your research involves human subjects, consult the website of the Vice-President (Research).  Please note that the thesis proposal must be successfully defended before submitting to the Ethics Committee.

After having successfully completed the Comprehensive Examination, PhD students must prepare and defend successfully their PhD thesis proposal. For information on the expected format and content of the PhD proposal in Feminist and Gender Studies, please consult the Guidelines for the preparation of the PhD thesis proposal.

The PhD proposal defense is a formal evaluation. It is also a unique occasion for the student to receive feedback on her/his/their work by seasoned academics in her/his/their field and to reflect in situ upon the implications of the evaluators’ questions or suggestions for her/his/their proposed project. For information on the procedures regarding the defense of the PhD proposal, please consult the Procedure for the submission and defense of the thesis proposal.

Throughout the preparation and submission of the thesis proposal, it is important that every step of the process be centralized at the IFGS office to ensure that all of the steps are followed.

If your research involves human subjects, consult the website of the Vice-President (Research). Please note that the thesis proposal must be successfully defended before submitting to the Ethics Committee.

Students must have successfully completed the two compulsory courses, the PhD seminar and the field of study course before taking their comprehensive exam. Registration to FEM 9998 is compulsory for each session until the comprehensive examination is completed.

For information regarding the comprehensive examination, deadlines and forms to fill, please consult the Policy for the Comprehensive Examination.

Procedure for the submission and defense of the thesis proposal