The dissertation research proposal is developed with the supervisor and the supervisory committee in a series of iterative steps.Normally the committee meets to discuss the dissertation research project generally, after which, drafts of the proposal are submitted to the supervisor and committee for feedback and revision .Proposal Assessment Criteria (see 2.4 below) is provided to each reviewer and are intended to serve as guidelines for the assessment.
During the Proposal Approval meeting, the student presents a brief summary (20 minutes maximum) of the dissertation research proposal to the committee and responds to questions raised.
The student then leaves the room, and the committee votes to accept the Proposal as is, with corrections, with minor modifications or with substantial revisions based on their assessment of the written proposal and the student’s responses to questions.
The dissertation is a major undertaking that reflects the highest standards of scholarship and makes a significant contribution to knowledge and practice in the field of health services research.
Work on the dissertation is conducted under the supervision of the supervisor and in consultation with the dissertation research committee.
The student should be meeting with their supervisor and committee at regular intervals.
It is important that the student keep both the supervisor and the committee informed of her/his progress.Following the meeting, the supervisor is responsible for meeting with the student to discuss revisions recommended during the Proposal Approval meeting.If corrections or minor modifications have been recommended, the student sends a memo, outlining her/her understanding of the revisions to be made to the supervisor, dissertation research committee and external reviewer (with a copy to the MSc/Ph D Program Director).This committee is convened and chaired by the MSc/Ph D Program Director (or designate) and includes the supervisor, all committee members, and an external reviewer.The external reviewer must be external to the students’ committee, not be in a position of conflict with either the student or supervisor (ie, no joint publications or grant submissions), and possess expertise in an area related to the dissertation research.The external reviewer for the proposal defence may be from the Institute of IHPME.The student must submit copies of the dissertation research proposal to each member of the Committee at least two weeks prior to the meeting.In those instances when major revisions have been recommended, the student revises the proposal accordingly.The Approval Committee is reconvened and a second adjudication of the proposal proceeds as described above.Most Ph D dissertation research committees will consist of three working members (including the supervisor); the supervisor must be a full member of the School of Graduate Studies.When all committee members have been selected and have agreed to serve, the supervisor is responsible for notifying the MSc/Ph D Program Director of the membership of the dissertation research committee.