What is a dissertation proposal?

The research proposal for your dissertation may also be called a research plan. It describes what or who you want to examine, why, when, where and how.

You need to develop your research proposal and have it approved by your supervisor before you start writing your dissertation. It should outline all of the decisions you have taken about your project, from your topic to your sample.

What does the dissertation proposal contain?

It’s important to answer the following questions in the dissertation proposal for your dissertation:

  • Why is the research necessary?
  • What is already known? What is the problem?
  • Where will the research be conducted?
  • When will it be conducted?
  • Who should be studied?
  • Who is the study for?
  • How can the research best be done?

The “why” and “what” questions should be addressed in your problem definition and problem statement. Incorporate answers to the other questions into the research design.

Problem definition | Research design

How to write your dissertation proposal

Our comprehensive step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of writing a dissertation proposal for your dissertation.

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January 11, 2017 at 4:15 AM

Hello Sir Bas Swaen , a pleasant day to you!
I had had a research in regards with Affiliate Marketing Industry here in the Philippines. Can you help me more?


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Bas Swaen (Scribbr-team)
January 11, 2017 at 1:51 PM

Hi Jomar, sorry but I cannot help you any further. Maybe you can find great content about affiliate marketing at MOZ.


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