Foolproof Guides For Writing A Master's Thesis Proposal

Rejection is hard to bear both romantically and academically. In the case of a master thesis proposal where hours of contemplation ave gone into the topic, it’s a shame to have it shut down due to poor writing style or lack of structure. To avoid ever having to go through this torment, here are some guides that you can follow.

  • Explain your hypothesis
  • This gives the people reading your proposal an idea of what it is you intend to measure through the research you will conduct. If not a hypothesis exactly, you should have some question or problem that you will be examining in detail throughout your thesis.

  • Justify why this research should be conducted
  • Having explained what you want to do, this is where you explain why it’s even necessary. This is your chance to shine so pull out all the stops to make your master thesis seem worthwhile.

  • Make reference to any related research of worth
  • Look through the old journals in your field for any other research that touches on your proposed thesis so that you can make reference to that precedent. Some topics will have many such predecessors while others will have few or none so be prepared for that.

  • List the ways you intend to conduct your research
  • You should have a fair idea of the methodology you will be employing. Share this knowledge in depth and if you need to brush up on your research theories to do so, don’t let the opportunity pass you by.

  • List any impacts you think the research could have and why they are of value
  • As you explained all of the above, you should have been also subconsciously realizing how the research could influence society, the field in which you study or any other groups. If not, take a moment to come up with some possible effects it might have. Now if you can’t think of any important effects of your research, this may mean you’re on the wrong track altogether and should be pursuing another topic. It’s better to reach that realization near the end of the proposal than the thesis itself.

Like any style of academic writing there will be additional things you include based on the style of your professor but in general the above tips should give you a good start.