An individual doctoral student completes a doctoral project outside an established doctoral programme. An individual doctorate will be supervised by a professor who will be your first point of call during your doctoral studies. This type of doctoral programme gives you considerable room for flexibility, but will also require a significant amount of initiative on your part. Fixed-term scholarships or employment relationships also require independent planning of the time you spend on your doctoral project.
Selecting a suitable doctoral topic for your thesis is essential, requiring you to think very carefully about what you intend to do. It should be substantial – remember you will be researching a specific topic for around three years – and must be relevant. You will need to write a research proposal which includes a research plan and time frame, as well as a preliminary structural outline of the project. You can then show this to your doctoral supervisor.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Doctoral Committee.
by Abhishek Mishra, doctoral candidate at Albrecht Mendelsohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law (AMBSL).