Dissertation Proposal
Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought
-Albert Szent-Györgyi

Discovering one’s specific area of research interest followed by choosing the right guidance at the ideal place is the first step towards this journey.  

Before you start writing your dissertation, you will need to create a plan – which is often referred to as a research proposal. Creating a plan, which is usually referred as research proposal for the dissertation, is the most indispensable pace. Having a good proposal is half to completion of your dissertation, as it’s the line that you will follow throughout the writing process! 

Providing a rational proposal is half to completion of your dissertation, as it’s the line 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.

The main goal of the dissertation proposal describes the design, justifies the study and presents the procedures for performing the research.

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

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.

Dissertation Abstract Writing
What is the problem? Indicate the objective, problem statement and research questions of your dissertation. If you have used hypotheses in your dissertation, indicate them here.
What has been done? Briefly explains the method and approach of your research.
What has been discovered? Provide a summary of the most important results and your conclusion.
What do your findings mean? Summarize the key points from the discussion and present your recommendations.
      • Your name.
      • The name of the article you have written.
      • Publication information, if there is any.
      • Remember, you’re just trying to give your reader an overview of your dissertation, not every detail.
      • You should also include the sentence about your conclusion.
      • Remember, you are not just summarizing your individual thoughts in your abstract, you are recreating the argument you make in your paper in a shortened form.
      • Only include what information you present in your paper; do not bring new ideas into the abstract.
Your dissertation abstract is a highly condensed version of a longer piece of writing that highlights the major points covered. The dissertation abstract concisely describes the content and scope of the writing and reviews the contents in abbreviated form.
The abstract should be the last part of the dissertation that you write. Its usual length is between 200 and 350 words. The abstract is designed to give a ‘snapshot’ of your work. It can be compared to the comments that you will find on the back cover of a novel – in that the summary of the work that it gives is designed to entice people to read the rest of the book. It should not be written in the future tense.
One of the best ways to prepare for writing your own dissertation abstract is to re-read the abstracts of journal articles that you have utilized as part of your secondary research and/or literature review. As you re-read them, ask yourself the following questions:
     • What was it about the abstract that made me decide to read the rest of the article?
     • How did the abstract tell me that this article would be relevant to my study and research interests?

Dissertation Introduction
Introduce the topic. What is the purpose of the study and what is the topic?

Gain the reader’s interest. Make sure that you get the reader’s attention by using clear examples from recent news items or everyday life. Demonstrate the relevance of the study. Convince the reader of the scientific and practical relevance. 

A clear introduction often consists of the following parts:
    • Motivation
    • Scope
    • Theoretical and practical relevance of the research  
    • Current scientific situation
    • Objective of the study and the problem statement
    • Brief description of the research design
    • Dissertation outline

The introduction will receive close attention from your dissertation committee. Some experts have recommended writing it at the end, but because writing it will help get things clear in your mind in a simpler language it is probably better to start with it. If you are following your proposal closely then make sure this is used in the preparation of the introduction.
Chapter one is very important and is possibly best put together by following a list of questions:

An important part of the introduction is where you state the dissertation objectives. Also, don’t forget that this is a concise intro to the subject for your reader, to put the issue in context and explain why they should be interested in it. The background and history will be dealt with elsewhere.