The preparation of a dissertation proposal is a key step in applying for research doctoral programs. Make sure that you have enough time to select a topic and the proposed supervisor, and prepare the text of the project.
The scope of a research project is, as a rule, 1,000-1,500 words, in some universities 1,500-2,000 words (not counting abstracts and bibliographic references, the number of which should be between 10 and 20).
Approximate structure of a research project:
1. Name of the project;
2. Project Summary (no more than 300 words) – a description of the research problem, its contexts and significance;
3. General description of the study:
The relevance of research,
Goal, objectives and expected results, which should be SMART – clear (Specific), measurable (Measurable), achievable (Achievable), realistic (Realistic) and limited in time (Time-bound)
The main idea of the research is what and how you will study,
Justification of the choice of the program in terms of the feasibility of the proposed research project;
4. Positioning the study – literature review:
An overview of available – the most significant – research in this area
Description of the existing theoretical and practical lacunae, which the project intends to close;
5. Design and research methodology:
Key research questions and rationale for their importance,
Description of the information required for the study,
6. Plan for the implementation of a dissertation proposal – a description of specific goals, by year;
A dissertation proposal is a document that describes in detail what is planned to write for research work on a specific school project. To come up with material that will serve as the basis for a successful proposal, you need to think over and prepare a topic. Once you have a topic, review the literature to identify gaps. This will help you identify and highlight the problem area. It will also provide an opportunity to add body and demonstrate knowledge. The introduction is the next stage where you can formulate a statement of the goal, which describes in detail why the topic is of interest and importance. You can do this by highlighting the gap you have noted and the relevance of the solution to the main problem. This will give you a guide on how you should argue, suggesting a field of study.