Little Gray Book
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The Little Gray Book is a practical guide for thesis and dissertation writing at the Department of Medieval Studies, CEU. It has been specially developed as an academic writing aid for MA students of Medieval Studies, but is recommended for Cultural Heritage students and PhD students as well.  
It is frequently updated and revised, so please make sure you always refer to the latest version available here.
Send any feedback, suggestions and corrections to Zsuzsanna Reed at

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Doctoral students who enrolled in the academic year 2015-2016, that is, students just starting their third year, are also required to submit a sample of writing, preferably a draft chapter from the developing dissertation (15,000 word minimum). More advanced students are strongly encouraged to submit chapters so we can track progress and identify potential problem areas in a timely manner. Therefore, DO NOT forget to fill out the slots at the end of the Annual Progress Report Form. We all want to see you finish your degree as quickly as possible before life-demands make it increasingly difficult to concentrate on this important goal. Knowing when you are in Budapest makes planning easier.

Summer maintenance on prospectus and annotated bibliography to be submitted by 31 August 2017


1. Prospectus development:

Students are requested to highlight passages in their text that have been added to the original or underwent significant changes. Explanatory balloons can be used to mark work in progress.

Alternatively, if the body of text did not change significantly, the revised prospectus may include a brief Progress Summary, either

  • a paragraph no more than 300 words summarizing the recommendations of the prospectus defense committee and explaining the changes made to the original prospectus since the defense; or
  • the same in bulletpoints

In both cases you are required to resubmit your revised prospectus in its entirety.

2. Annotated bibliography

A bibliography of at least ten items, out of which the primary sources may be ones that were in your original prospectus/research proposal bibliography, but at least five secondary sources need to be new, i.e. not in the original prospectus.

Please check instructions in Section 2.3.2 Annotated Bibliography in The Gray Book or in the sample attached.

Formatting requirements

Please submit the revised prospectus and the bibliography in one Word file, formatted in Chicago/ Turabian Style.

Font: Times New Roman 12, double spaced with 1” margins.

Indicate your name, name(s) of supervisor(s) and working title.

Do not forget page numbering.

Probationary Doctoral Students can share their draft and final versions of dissertation prospectuses and bibliographies/syllabi here. Please make sure to save your files in the right place. Should you need advice on how to access or upload files turn to Csilla.

Detailed information about the dissertation prospectus defnese and comprehensive exam are attached and also available through the departmental homepage.

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Every thesis must identify an adequate research topic which includes a manageable field of research and a number of original, researchable questions to investigate. Theses should have an original argument, show a good knowledge of the literature in the field, contribute to the study of the field through original research and by relating the subject studied to the broader academic literature, and demonstrate analytic ability through the careful and critical use of relevant concepts and approaches. Theses must also be written with grammatical accuracy and stylistic clarity; and they must conform to the departmental academic style guidelines. The thesis receives a grade (see below) that is factored into the student’s GPA.

All students’ thesis work will be directed by a supervisor (or principal supervisor and co-supervisor), assigned by the Department from among the departmental faculty. The supervisor should be the student’s primary contact during the research and thesis-writing period. 

Every student must submit his/her thesis to the Academic Writing instructor for reading and correction to meet departmental and English-language standards. Students must allow enough time for the Academic Writing instructor to check their theses in addition to following the advice of their supervisor(s).

Important Dates

The MA Thesis submission deadline is NOON, May 18, 2017. The MA Thesis submission deadline is absolutely strict and must be respected by everyone. If any problem related to submission arises during the thesis-writing period, please consult with the Director of the One-year MA Program and your supervisor in time. Extensions will be granted only in exceptional cases and must be requested from the Head of Department in writing (not from one’s supervisor). See also the section on thesis submission, below. If the student misses the departmental  deadline, the thesis will be downgraded by one third of a grade for each day of delay, that is 24 hours after the deadline (for example: instead of A, the thesis grade will be A- after one day, B+ after two days). No thesis that is handed in late can obtain the "A" grade.

AFTER the MA Thesis Defenses the (corrected) MA Thesis has to be uploaded to the ETD. After uploading it onto the ETD, the Thesis has to be printed out from the ETD together with the Program Coordinator in the office and submit the relevant forms given to you by the coordinator. The MA Thesis will be accessible at the CEU-ELTE Medieval Library. This is a pre-condition of receiving the leaving form at the end of one's studies.

The MA Thesis Defenses (together with the 2YMA Thesis Defenses) will be held on June 15-21, 2017. MA Thesis Defenses are public; students are encouraged to attend the defenses of their colleagues.

In order to increase our shared experiences, we are suggesting some readings on medieval studies. 


You may already have read some of them; that’s good—they are classics and part of the intellectual background that medievalists have in common.


Although it is not mandatory to cover the whole list, familiarizing yourselves with these readings, some of which may already be known to you, may make it easier for you to follow the courses.


Please note that it is a highly selective list which does not cover all courses offered.