Extensions to the word limit are approved only in specific circumstances, so it is important that you take the maximum word limit into account as you put together your thesis plan.
These specific objectives can now be turned into a plan that shows what you need to do and when in order to achieve them.
This does not have to be too detailed and probably one side of paper will be enough for this, but it should show: You need to take these rules into account in your thesis plan.
It is also a good idea to get some feedback on your thesis plan from your supervisory team to make sure that the planned structure of your thesis is consistent with normal practice for your discipline.
But that does not give you enough information on which to develop a plan; so you need to break this down into more specific objectives.
We would suggest that you are likely to have the following specific objectives - to write: Having these more specific objectives allows you to define them in a way that will allow you later to know whether you have achieved them or not.The important thing in developing your work plan is to be realistic - clearly you cannot spend all day every day writing, but you should be writing regularly and giving sufficient time to your writing to allow you to submit your thesis before you complete your maximum period of registration.Most research students find that in their final year they need to spend at least some time each day writing their thesis in order to complete it on time.Writing your thesis may well be the biggest challenge of your academic career so far.A project of this scale requires careful management and in this section you will find advice on how to actively plan and control its direction to ensure that you deliver a thesis that is of a sufficiently high standard by your expected submission date.Many find that keeping "office hours" for their thesis is a good way of making sure they focus on their writing - that is, having fixed hours each day that are set aside for writing their thesis.We would suggest that in your work plan you will need to allow sufficient time for a process similar to the one outlines below and have specific dates for completion of each stage: As with your thesis plan, we would suggest that you get some feedback from your supervisory team to make sure that your work plan is realistic and that they know when you expect to submit draft work to them for comment on.Your thesis must be submitted for examination by the time you complete the maximum registration period for your research degree programme.In the case of a full-time Ph D, the maximum registration period is four years from your initial date of registration.Your indicative word count for each section will give you some idea as to which sections/chapters may take longer to write than others and there will be some sections (like your acknowledgements) which should not take very long to write.You should also take account of sections/chapters where you will be able to re-use something you have already written - like a conference paper or progress report.