Dissertation Project

The Dissertation Project is the main research project carried out by Joint PhD Program students.

Approval of the Dissertation Project Proposal

Following successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination, students begin preparing the dissertation project.

  • Students present a 10-15 page dissertation proposal to their Doctoral Committee for approval.

The approval of the dissertation project proposal is not a course requirement, but is a formal stage in the progress of the PhD candidate, indicating that the proposal is acceptable and the student may proceed with an REB (Research Ethics Board) application and their research project. Once the doctoral committee approves the dissertation project proposal, the supervisor completes the Dissertation Project Proposal Approval form and submits it to the Social Work Office.

Ethical Requirements for Research

All students conducting research involving human subjects must meet the requirements set out in the McGill Policy on the Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Human Subjects.