Research Proposal - Exposé

Within the first year of doctoral study, researchers should (among other things) prepare a written research proposal/exposé, which will be the base for a public presentation at the department. The purpose of the proposal is to give a good impression of the research to be expected, determine the goals, lend the project some context, and provide a roadmap for its successful and timely completion. General information is available at 


Modalities of Exposé in Philosophy

Decide which type of exposé is most appropriate for you and your project, taking into account the advice of your supervisor.


Modality 1

Submit a long research proposal (approximately 3,000-5,000 words) that includes the following information

  • description of the topic of the doctoral thesis project including a clear research question
  • outline of the state of research
  • illustration of the chosen research methods
  • relevant literature
  • choice of supervisors
  • time and work schedule, possibly financial budget and overview of resources

Modality 2

Submit a short research proposal (approximately 1,000 words) that includes a condensed form of the information listed in modality 1 and a piece of research (no longer than 5,000 words) which must

  • be a self-contained piece of academic research written during the first year of studies
  • be thematically related to the research proposal
  • illustrate the kind of work to be conducted in the research phase of the PhD.