How to Write a Dissertation Proposal

How to Write a Dissertation Proposal

A Story by Grimsby Ford

A dissertation proposal is a brief overview of the aims and significance of your dissertation research.

The aim of the proposal is to demonstrate to your dissertation committee that your dissertation will represent an original and beneficial contribution to your field. The requirements for writing a dissertation proposal vary from one PhD or doctoral program to another, so you will need to start by checking with your department to find out about their specific rules. Work with your advisor to pick a suitable topic, and then write a well organised proposal based on your preliminary research.
Part-1 Following Departmental Guidelines
1) Write your proposal within the required timeline
2) Conform to your program’s proposal length guidelines
3) Structure your proposal as recommended by the guidelines
4) Format your proposal according to your program’s requirements
5) Select your committee members
6) Follow your program’s approval process
Part-2 Selecting Your Topic
1) Make a list of topics that interest you
2) Do some preliminary research on your topic(s)
3) Talk to your advisor or committee chair about potential topics
4) Narrow your focus once you have a general topic
Part-3 Organising and Writing Your Proposal
1) Select a working title
2) Write an abstract if your program requires it
3) Start with a general introduction to your topic
4) State the major problem your dissertation will address
5) Explain your major research aims and objectives
6) Summarize previous literature on your topic
7) Describe your methodology
8) Demonstrate the significance of your research
9) Outline your plan of action if your program requires it
10) Present a list of your sources

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Added on December 3, 2019
Last Updated on December 3, 2019
Tags: Dissertation Writing, Dissertation Proposal


Grimsby Ford
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