Suggested timetable for the preparation of a Ph.D. Thesis, published by EPSRC. The timetable will only work if you plan to it, for example, by booking binders etc. It also assumes that your interpretations are well advanced and that no difficulties arise during the construction of an overall view. For example, further experiments and interpretation might become necessary. Oversights like these are natural in research but can be minimised by writing papers during the course of the work.
Theses which are not completed within the three year period will always have a lower priority from the supervisor.
|Method and results||6 weeks|
|Discussion, tables, figures, refs etc||6 weeks|
|Sub-total 1||17 weeks|
|Consultation with supervisor & others||1 week|
|Revision of draft||2 weeks|
|Sub-total 2||3 weeks|
|Final typing, art work on figures,proof reading etc.||3 weeks|
|Sub-total 3||4 weeks|
Regulations permit the examiners to study the thesis for a maximum period of three months. Requests for urgent examinations are therefore difficult, and assume that revisions are not necessary. It is not reasonable to expect the examiner to take less than two or three months to study the thesis.
Remember also that a one page abstract is required separately, which will also be examined and signed by both examiners, both to approve the standard and to certify that it is representative of the thesis contents
Further notes on thesis writing:
Phase Transformations Group Homepage
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
Materials Algorithms Project