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  1. Dissertations M.Phil. Introductory classes

  2. Select the general topic area by the end of week 5 in Hilary term(14 Feb) – talk to potential supervisors before then (as many as you want) • Supervision proper begins after that • Detailed workplan and schedule (agreed with your supervisor): by 6 May (in 1st year for part-time students)

  3. Your supervisor will… • help you to focus your research, keep it within the bounds of what is feasible, and help you to structure it • give you feedback on draft chapters – as far as possible! (NB: submission deadline is end of August, but lecturers attend conferences and take holidays during the summer vacation) • NB: your supervisor is also your internal examiner

  4. External examiners Linguistics: Professor NikGisbourne, U. Edinburgh Applied Linguistics: Prof. Martin Bygate, U. Leeds Speech and Language Processing: Prof. David House, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) English Language Teaching: Prof. John Gray, University of London

  5. Dissertations always have a literature review. This should not just describe things you’ve read, but organise your reading and identify themes, gaps, problems, etc. • Dissertations usually also have an empirical study of some kind: qualitative, quantitative, corpus-based, lab-based… • The literature review sets the theoretical context for the empirical study • Dissertations are maximum 15,000 words in length

  6. Research Ethics • If your research involves human subjects, you must get approval from the Research Ethics Committee. See

  7. ‘The School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences has set up a Research Ethics Committee (REC) to conduct an ethical review of all research projects in the School involving human subjects. Ethics approval will be required for all such research conducted either by staff members or students. Approval must be obtained prior to the commencement of data collection and cannot be applied for or granted retrospectively. Obtaining prior ethical approval for research involving human participants is an essential requirement for the acceptance of MPhil dissertations’

  8. ‘Application for ethics approval involves the applicant submitting a completed standard application form, along with supporting documents, to the Research Ethics Committee by the specified submission date. Six hard copies, as well as an electronic version, must be submitted by applicants.’

  9. Note the application deadlines and REC meeting dates at

  10. Phonetic fonts: • (Times New Roman) • (SIL Doulos)