BNCOD16 5th July 1998. Brian Lings. slide 2. . . Aim. To consider research planning from the perspective of Ph.D. requirements in the UK within the area of Database research.. BNCOD16 5th July 1998. Brian Lings. slide 3. Objectives. To explore the impact of thesis statement on methodological approach to, and presentation of researchTo consider a range of different methods in the Database context.