Planning a PhD Thesis Proposal

Before you begin your PhD thesis and dissertation, you will need to complete a proposal. Your PhD adviser will need to see what you plan to research and write about, so your proposal will need to be thorough and interesting. In many colleges and universities, a small committee will decided whether or not your thesis proposal can be and should be written at all.

These are the ingredients needed in any PhD thesis proposal:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Literature review
  • Research Question
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion or Conclusion
  • Works Cited
  • Appendix

Get the Guidance for the Project You Want to Research

These pieces of your thesis will not be complete when you begin working on the proposal, but you will need to consider them. When you decided on your topic, you had to have had an idea of the results you were hoping to get. Your predicted results will help guide you to research and to literature to review. You might find out that the prediction you made will not work, but you will not know if you cannot get your professor or the review committee to accept your proposal.

Understand the Reason You Need a Proposal

It is not only important to include what you plan to research and discover, but why you need to have permission.

The meeting with your professor will help you with the following:

  • Decide the steps that your dissertation will need
  • Receive feedback to help you maintain a valid research project
  • Help you decide where to begin so you can get to the end
  • Plan for the unexpected issues that will definitely arise
  • Learn how to write a proposal
  • Determine whether the proposal is realistic
  • Realize whether or not the proposal can be completed

When you understand the point of the proposal, you will be able to prepare the best proposal for your guiding professor and committee. The process of writing a dissertation is long and exhausting, but with a well-crafted proposal, you should be able to stay on track.

Ensuring Your Proposal is Manageable and Able to Be Completed

It is important to remember that some proposals will be tested because the committee needs to know if the ideas you want to research are actual able to researched. Some proposal are too broad and some are too narrow, so the committee will do what it can to make the project manageable for everyone involved.