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What Are The Main Elements Of A Dissertation Proposal


The dissertation proposal should have the following parts:

  • Introduction where you explain the purpose of your project
  • Statement of the problem here you discuss what project you are going to address in your project
  • Review of the literature where you focus on what literature you have found, in support of your project, and whether it is adequate to keep researching
  • Theoretical framework which is where you discuss the framework of your dissertation
  • Research questions where you clearly state the hypotheses on which your study is based
  • Methods
  • Proposed timetable and outline for your dissertation
  • Bibliography

When you set out to write the dissertation proposal, you may have difficulty adjusting to the new rigors of your writing level. You may need to endure trial and error before you are truly comfortable with this particular writing style. In the meantime, you can use these tips to try and improve your writing quickly and ensure your proposal is accepted by your advisor and review committee:

  • Prepare an outline.
  • This is often an underappreciated tactic that can save you a great deal of time and effort as a student. Every great essay starts with a great outline. The outline is what keeps your essay well organized, and by extension, effective. It is hard to effectively organize your paper if you do not have the outline. You can keep the outline vague, without every little detail, as you conduct your research because this process may lead to changes in your ideas. Once the research is done and your outline is complete, you should run it by your professor. Ask them if it is acceptable or if there are obvious holes in the work.

  • Proofread.
  • Give a copy to your trusted friend or family member and have them review it. If you work with a tutor, have them review the work and send back notes or comments. Ask them if they understood the point you were making. When you review your own work, you will automatically fill in holes in your logic or gaps in the sentences because you know what you were trying to say. But an outside does not know this, and therefore will find the areas that your mind filled in. Look for grammatical errors, or typographical errors. Read over the document out loud. This will help you catch errors that before you may have missed.

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