How to write a dissertation proposal

Before you start writing your dissertation, you will need to create a plan – which is often referred to as a research proposal.

Having a good proposal is half the battle, as it’s the thread that you will follow throughout the writing process!

The main goal of the dissertation proposal is to describe what you are going to investigate and how you will do so.

It should include a review of the literature, a problem statement and research question, your research methodology, and the main sources and references you will use.

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Purpose and structure of an advisory report

Some dissertations include a separate advisory report that is specifically designed for a company or organization that wants to act on the author’s advice.

An advisory report should be centered on opinions that are well substantiated – which means it’s more than just the list of recommendations that you include in the main body of your dissertation. You also need to weigh the recommendations against each other and elaborate the consequences that each will have for your “client.”

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Recommendations for a client

If you have done research for a client company or organization, you should include recommendations for action in relation to the problem you investigated. Based on the findings of your research, what specific solutions are possible and what measures should the client implement?

Recommendations are generally included at the very end of your conclusion chapter. If your client prefers, you can also present them in a separate advisory report.

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