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What is a thesis proposal?

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The research proposal for your thesis 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 thesis. It should outline all of the decisions you have taken about your project, from your topic to your sample.

What does the research proposal contain?

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

  • 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.

How to write your research proposal

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

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Bas is co-founder of Scribbr. Bas loves to teach and is an experienced thesis writer. He tries to help students with writing clear and easy to comprehend articles about difficult topics.


  1. jomar:

    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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