Your thesis/dissertation proposal provides an overview of your proposed plan of work, including the general scope of your project, your basic research questions, research methodology, and the overall significance of your study. In short, your dissertation proposal explains what you want to study, how you will study this topic, why this topic needs to be studied, and (generally) when you intend to do this work. (Occasionally, you may also need to explain where your study will take place.) Here are the major parts for writing a dissertation proposal.
- Create a title that conveys the idea of your investigation
- Orient your readers to the topic you will research.
- Indicate the type of study you will conduct.
- Provide a brief (100-350 word) overview of the dissertation proposal that gives a basic understanding.
- Classify it as informative or descriptive abstract.
- Summarize Introduction, Statement of the Problem, Background of the Study, Research Questions or Hypotheses, and Methods and Procedures.
- Establish the general territory (real world or research) in which the research is placed.
- Describe the broad foundations of your study, including some references to existing literature and/or empirically observable situations. In other words, the introduction needs to provide sufficient background for readers to understand where your study is coming from for your dissertation research proposal.
- Indicate the general scope of your project.
Statement of the Problem
- State the problem clearly early in a paragraph.
- Limit the variables you address in stating your problem or question
- Research Questions/Purpose
- Describe the research questions and/or hypotheses of the study.
- Explain the goals and research objectives of the study
- Show the original contributions of your study
- State limitations of the research while writing a Dissertation proposal
Review of Literature
- It situates the current study within a wider disciplinary conversation.
- It illustrates the uniqueness, importance of and need for your particular project
- It justifies methodological choices.
- It demonstrates your familiarity with the topic and appropriate approaches to studying it.
- Introduce the overall methodological approach for each problem or question.
- Indicate how the approach fits the overall research design.
- Describe the specific dissertation methods of data collection you are going to use
- Explain how you intend to analyze and interpret your results.
- Address potential limitations