Self assessment



At certain points in the PhD thesis writing process, you will need to take stock of your situation and ask yourself: “Where am I now?”. The next question is then: “How does this compare with where I want to be?”

Here are some useful tools to help you break down these questions further:

1. During the early stages of research

As your research begins to develop, it is important that you begin to rationalize and to articulate what is happening. Use the grid below to try to convey the essence of your project (in as few words as possible), the kind of questions that you would like to see answered and your justification for what you are doing.

Your research topic (in 20-30 words)





Your proposed research questions






Why you have chosen this topic, its context, relevance & importance








(To be continued)