Frequently asked questions by thesis students.
The Thesis stream is often chosen by students intending to pursue further thesis-based degrees such as doctorates because it gives you the opportunity to engage in sustained and substantial original research on a topic of interest. An essential feature of the Thesis is that you demonstrate competence to complete a research project and present the findings. A practicum emphasizes practical work experience.
You take the initiative to contact a potential advisor the approved list on the MHR website. Other University of Manitoba faculty members may also be considered but they must agree to advise the student, be eligible according to the University. You must get approval from the MHR Director for advisors not on the list. Once you have chosen a Thesis Advisor, complete the Advisor Student Guidelines (on JUMP).
The Progress Reports are annual reports of your academic progress through the program. They are completed after a meeting between you and your Advisor, then submitted to the MHR Director before May 23 each year.
The Thesis Proposal is a 10–15-page proposal for thesis research prepared under the supervision of your Advisor. It is to be submitted to your Advisor after 9 credit hours of MHR work is complete and must be approved by your Thesis Advisory Committee before any research work can begin.
The Advisory Committee is usually 3 members (an Advisor and 2 Examiners), organized by the Thesis Advisor and approved by the Director of the MHR.
No, but the Thesis Proposal must still be approved by the Thesis Advisor and Examiners.
The Thesis Advisory Committee passes or fails the Thesis Proposal by majority vote.
You must receive ethics approval for any research that involves human subjects, and no data collection may commence until you have written approval. See: https://umanitoba.ca/research/orec/ethics/human_ethics_index.html.
The Thesis demonstrates your mastery of a specific field of human rights research and that you are fully conversant with the relevant literature. The document is 20,000-25,000 words of double-spaced typescript, including notes and bibliography, and makes an original contribution to knowledge in the field of human rights. This normally involves original research (i.e. interviews, surveys, participant observation, the analysis of jurisprudence, archival research, etc.) Thesis guidelines are strict. See: https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/thesis/index.html.
This depends on you. The university offers three graduation deadlines each year, details are found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies deadlines. You must complete all your graduation requirements to be eligible to graduate.
This is the same committee as your Proposal Committee. They are appointed by your Advisor.
The examiners evaluate and grade your Thesis.
Yes. The date is set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and all members of the University of Manitoba community are invited to attend.
You present a 10–15-minute summary of your research contribution, and then there are two rounds of questions from the examining committee lasting up to 70 minutes.
The Thesis is graded as Acceptable with Minor Revisions, or Acceptable with Major Revisions, or Not Acceptable.
This is rare because your Advisor guides and advises your work to ensure you produce a quality document. If, however, two of the three examiners do not pass the Thesis, it will fail. It can be submitted for examination a second time (and no more than a second time).
Thesis students are invited to participate in our annual Master of Human Rights Symposium on a separate Thesis panel, normally held in late November or early December of each year. The Symposium emulates an academic conference. After the Symposium, presented papers are uploaded to the MHR Student Research Portal.