Your thesis in a nutshell

Upload a couple of sentences describing your thesis in a nutshell.

It is quite common for opponents to ask doctoral candidates to sum up their research in one or two sentences. This is difficult! I want you to attempt it here, and we will use this during the first session. Don't worry if you can't get it perfect. You can write more than one version if you like. You can also add notes about what you're trying to say or why it's difficult. Try to say something about one or all of the following:

  • Why is the topic important?
  • What did you find out?
  • What was new about your doctoral research?

A common variation is to ask you to present an "elevator pitch", which is a slightly longer version, lasting around one minute. You should include some notes for this version too, which we will practice in class. For an elevator pitch, answer the main points above, and consider using the so-called "problem-solution pattern":

  • Context: explain what area you are working on, either with reference to a real-world situation, or to other academic research;
  • Problem: explain what problem within that context your research addresses (this could be your main research question)
  • Solution: explain how your research addresses (or could address) that problem
  • Evaluation: explain how effective and complete this solution is, and what you would do next if you had more time or a bigger budget