What a Dissertation Do You Need?

The dissertation proposal will provide a general idea of what the dissertation writer is proposing to research, but it does not have to be a final, binding commitment. It can serve as a starting point for discussions with the writer’s supervisor about topic, methodology, and mechanics of research.

While the structure of a standard proposal is not set in stone, a typical proposal includes the following: aims and objectives, significance, review of previous research in the area and justification for further research, proposed methods, expected outcomes and their importance, requirements for equipment, materials, field trips, and funding, approximate time by which each stage will be completed.

The length of the writer’s dissertation proposal can range from 3-4 pages to 30-40 pages, depending on the requirements of a particular department in a particular university.