Though dissertation proposal is not a strict requirement, it a crucial exercise and thus university determine the type of dissertation proposal to be written. Some courses assess research proposal as a part of a final dissertation on submission and thus it is important to ensure that the required format should be followed as well as submission deadline.
Contents of a Dissertation Proposal
In most cases, dissertation proposals contain 500 to 1000 word count depending on the course requirements. A dissertation proposal is a simple description of what the dissertation is all bout, problem questions being examined in the dissertation, references to the theoretical background and expected results of the study. Even if writing a dissertation proposal is not a must, it good to do so since it can enable you to get valuable feedback from the supervisor.
It is always good to ask guidance from the supervisor mainly on the tone and style of the proposal. Researchers should be open-minded and flexible and indicate their willingness to include the ideas and methods as the study requires. Grammar rules should always be followed correctly as well as the tenses. In most cases, it is good to use future tense while writing a proposal through supervisor’s confirmation. There are general standard parts of a research proposal:
Title: should be short and straight to the point Aims and objectives: should be less than three and in a case of more than three means that the research is broad and thus need narrowing. Literature: it is important to mention main areas of study that will provide information about the dissertation. Research details: this involves expansion of the research questions and ideas. Methodology: research should either be empirical or non-empirical depending on the depth of study and method of data collection. Results: second-guessing of the research results should be highly avoided, in this section, the researcher gives a summary of the expected results through the suggestion of target audience. Timeline: this should be realistic, and you can use concept map or Gantt chart to show the management plan of the research. Bibliography: a list of references should be provided depending with the guideline.