This second course helps you with writing a complete thesis proposal. We’ll break down your proposal in 5 paragraphs. In each paragraph you will answer 1 of the 5 questions a proposal should always answer. You will learn about the best ways to write each paragraph, which literature you need to cite, how to pick your research method, and how to choose a great title for your dissertation. Furthermore, the writing method that I have designed ensures that you can also use your proposal as the Introduction section of your thesis. That’s two parts of your thesis: done!
You know the 5 questions a thesis proposal should answer
You have a correct research question
You have a research method to study your research question
You have a professional title for your thesis
You have written a 5 paragraph Research proposal or Introduction that you can send to your supervisor
It doesn’t matter whether you plan to write a quantitative or a qualitative thesis: a good research proposal always answers 5 questions. Each question is addressed in a separate paragraph: a typical proposal therefore is 5 paragraphs long. In this course, I will show you what you should discuss in each of these 5 paragraphs. To give you an idea, I have included a sample lesson from this course on how to write the fifth (and final) paragraph of your research proposal. Click here to view this lesson!
Questions and answers
What exactly are the 5 questions?
Answer: A research proposal is a densely packed document. One, it’s the blueprint of your thesis: it discusses the “what, where, who and how” of your study. Two, it’s an advertisement for your research: you try to convince your reader (supervisor) why your research idea is interesting and relevant, compared to all the other studies out there. However, this is not to say it is a long document: a good Research proposal or Introduction section of a thesis should not be more than 2 pages long! I have developed 5 straightforward questions that when answered, ensure that your research proposal contains all this information.
My supervisor also wants me to include a Theoretical Framework in my proposal
Answer: No problem, simply finish the course How to write your theoretical framework and you can add this part to your research proposal.