Dissertation Research Proposal and
you are ready to actually write your dissertation
proposal. Here are some handy tips that you
should follow in order to see if you have fully prepared for
you need to do is answer the questions below and ask
yourself which of these statements describes you:
you totally familiar with other research relevant to your
chosen dissertation research area?
you have a clear understanding of all the steps you will
need to follow in order to write your
• Do you have the necessary abilities to go through each one of
these steps to complete your dissertation?
• Are you motivated enough to get through all of these
dissertation writing steps?
• Do you feel confident that you will meet the deadline for
writing up this dissertation?
If you mainly answered ‘yes’ to the questions then you are
ready for this stage, if you mainly answered ‘no’ to the
questions that you should refer back to the Thinking About Your
Dissertation section. You can go back to this
section by clicking this
Are Some Guidelines That You Should Follow In Order To
Complete Your Dissertation
1. Look at other research proposals carefully at the library or
online. These sample research proposals will show you the
• what a finished dissertation proposal looks
headings you should use for the proposal
• how a
proposal should be structured
• is the sample proposal clear enough to you, could you make it
the author know the subject area sufficiently
you model your proposal on one of the proposals that you
If you are unable to find a relevant dissertation proposal
easily, you can always ask your lecturer or dissertation
supervisor to see if he/she is willing to show you one.
2. You must make sure that your proposal includes an extensive
review of the literature. The literature review rationale
will usually consist of an argument with at least two analysis
• you need this research
• and ask yourself this question, is the research methodology
that I have selected the most appropriate for the question that
is being asked in this study?
decent research proposal should consist of the first 3
dissertation chapters and should include the
Problem and Background information - Chapter no. 1
• The Literature Review - Chapter no. 2
Conclusion with the defining research methodology - Chapter
The dissertation proposal should always be written in a future
tense, since it is only a proposal at this stage. When
turning the proposal into the first three dissertation
chapters you need to change the tense from future to past
4. Focus specifically on your dissertation research whilst
writing your proposal.
dissertation will be much easier for you to complete, if
your project is specific and narrow in its definition.
Try and refrain from solving all the problems that
occur in the research in this one dissertation.
5. Organise the proposal around a set of questions, and this
will help guide you through your dissertation
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