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  • Dr S Loretti 4:09 am on April 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    What you should not do to your dissertation prospectus 

    The sooner you meet the eligibility criteria and win the candidacy examination for the doctoral degree, the more important it becomes to prepare a well-defined dissertation prospectus for getting started. Dissertation prospectus is the defined outline of your proposed research and dissertation. It would consist all the relevant details regarding the innovative research you would like to conduct during your PhD. Because your doctoral chair permits you to proceed with the PhD research by examining the prospectus, it becomes a must to write it in a descriptive yet precise manner.

    A deficient prospectus that lacks the conscision and necessary details of your research gets easily rejected by the chair. The rejection at very first step may demotivate you to work further with the research. As per the recent studies, it has been found that the number of candidates who complete their doctoral degree is very less in comparison to the number of people enrolling for it. The drop in the number is majorly because of the rejection of the prospectus and lack of motivation to rectify and submit it again.

    As a rookie, you must have read multiple articles if discussed with your seniors, friends, and colleagues on how to develop your prospectus and what to include in which section of it. But have you got a clear picture of what is required and what is not in your PhD dissertation prospectus? If not, then here’s what you should not do to your dissertation prospectus for gaining instant approval :

    • The first page of your document which your supervisor or the committee sees, covers the title of your research. The title should not be fancy. You are not doing a school project that your title should be tricky for your teacher, rather it should be as clear and concise as it could be. The title has to be to give a clear idea of the prospectus to the committee to look further into the document whereas a complex title would drop the supervisor’s interest in your formal document.
    • Next comes the central question of your research paper. The central question should not exceed more than a paragraph. The paragraph should succinctly address the central question on which your research will be based on. Your prospectus has to end within a maximum number of 10 pages and so the introduction, should not be of more than a page or two. A lengthy central question can not hold the grip of the reader’s interest. It should not lead or dictate the complications of the research or divert it from the topic.
    • The literature review of your prospectus should not be irrelevant and contain unnecessary criticism or pointless new ideas of the previously researched papers. It should highlight the relationship between your proposed research and the literature you reviewed indicating a relation between the history and recent issue. You may also cite examples from the current situation, building the interest of your reader. Irrelevant history of the research will not define your reason to work on this topic and unnecessary criticism will not be considered healthy for your prospectus to be approved.
    • While writing the methodology, you should be clear with the research method (qualitative or quantitative) you are going to use to carry the research forward. You should not be suspicious with the way you are going to collect the data. The methodology should define the study you are going to make progress with. You should be apparent with the plan you have in your mind with the required tools and feasibility to research. Not mentioning the tools, fees, and timeline to complete the research shows that the candidate is less studied for the chosen topic.
    • Your prospectus should never miss the bibliography. A bibliography is a list of references used to collect the material written in the document. The list of references is as important as the title of the prospectus. Your bibliography cites the primary and secondary sources you used to develop the prospectus. You may also include additional readings with it mentioning the papers, articles, or journals you read for the study of the research.
    • Your prospectus should be appealing as well as simple for the committee to read the whole and approve. It should not be messy and complex as it would confuse the reader and your supervisor could reject it as he reviews your academic document.

    Your dissertation prospectus is the final binding for the committee to approve and your chance to prove that this research will bring growth in your academic field. you should finish the process of editing and proofreading before submitting it to your committee.


  • morry1 4:25 am on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Tips on writing a good proposal 

    Below are some tips which can help you get your thesis proposal selected in the first go-
    1. Always remember that the main purpose of writing a proposal is to convince your guide.
    2. Your proposal should look like that you have done enough research about the topic and really want to start with the next step. Though you need not mention each and everything you found in the proposal.
    3. You must mention the outcomes and shortcomings of the previous research and also why do you want to start with this topic
    4. It should convince the reader that you’ll be able to formulate a testable hypothesis and test it in a planned manner.

    • kelly 12:17 pm on November 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Morry
      Thanks for this post. I am really confused as to what all should i mention in the proposal. Do i need to include a detailed literature review? because if i don’t, will the research gap be justified? Also, my guide says i must mention the research methodology in the proposal. What if i am not able to gather the targeted data from the primary sources? Is it okay to modify the methodology once it is approved?

  • Lucy Watson 9:56 am on September 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to write a Dissertation Proposal 

    Dissertation proposal writing is the second step after topic selection. If you are lucky enough that your guide approved the topic of your choice in the first go, then you really need to work hard on preparing a very impressive proposal to get it also approved so that you can start with the research work.. A good proposal shoul answer the following questions –

    • What is the problem issue you are going to work on?
    • Why do you thik it is a problem?
    • Why is it improtant to address it?
    • Why do you want to look for answers and solutions?
    • Why did you choose that problem?

  • Dr S Loretti 3:57 am on May 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Common Errors in Proposal Writing 

    Most students fail to understand the underlying purpose and significance of a research proposal. A research would be sought to be good only if its proposal reaches the deemed level of quality.

    Following are some common mistakes that research candidates make while preparing for proposal writing:

    • Improper use of context to frame the research question
    • Inability to define the boundary limits for research
    • Failure to cite suitable literatures
    • Inaccurate presentation of empirical contributions by other researchers
    • Diversion from the research question
    • Inappropriate detailing on major issues and arguments
    • Absence of clearly defines directions
    • Lapse in source citation and references
    • Failing to abide by the writing style guidelines
    • Sloppy writing
    • Fidel N. Cooney 6:42 am on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Inaccurate presentation is what I’m struggling with these days.

    • Teresa J. Mann 5:07 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hey just came across this at thr right time. Will surely cross check my proposal with these tips.

  • Dr S Loretti 3:47 am on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Getting guidance for writing the proposal 

    Many people take the help of professionals for writing their dissertation proposal. If they cannot engage the services of a professional then they read books that offer some useful tips on how they can write a powerful proposal. The words in the proposal have to be chosen carefully. Many students do not have the linguistic ability to produce a high standard of scholarly work. It is for this reason that they feel the need to take the help of either a writer, editor, subject matter expert or a decent guide book to help them through this difficult process.

    • huntercunie 4:10 am on May 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My superviser has given me a layout for proposal preparation.

    • Charlene E. Howard 6:42 am on August 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Proposal is the most crucial section of your research so make sure to get it revised by a supervisor or a professional editor before you submit.

  • Dr S Loretti 10:28 am on March 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Getting your Dissertation Published 

    Once your dissertation writing is complete, you might want to publish it in an impactful journal. It is a good idea to offer a readability access of your scientific research to other scholars and interested readers. And academic journals are a great platform to get your paper published. Searching the most suitable journal for your topic can enhance your chances of being published.

    To begin with, conduct a thorough online search for publishers or publishing houses that print journals in your research domain. Access some related journals and get insights to their format, types of papers, writing styles. Subsequently, choose a journal publication that best suits your research paper. Once you finalize a journal for your paper, prepare your manuscript as per the journal’s guidelines. Make sure to read the Author’s Guidelines while editing your manuscript.

    Before submission, it is necessary that you get your work peer reviewed by an expert so that you don’t have to face rejection. A peer reviewer will enhance the content of your paper by eliminating the grammar and spelling errors. After this stage, your manuscript is all set for submission. An important point to be considered here is, don’t ever get discouraged by failure of original submission. Work and revise on your content again, if being asked by the publishers.

    • deancurnow 11:37 am on May 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Yea, I’m also searching for high impact factor journals in my research area.

    • Tammy V. Wood 6:43 am on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      There are so many guidelines for authors that I’m very nervous if I would actually be able to get my work published.

    • Elizabeth B. White 5:21 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I want to get it published in a good journal. Can anyone suggest me some?

  • Dr S Loretti 6:03 am on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    How to write a Housing Dissertation? 

    Writing a housing dissertation can be quite a challenge if you are not well aware of the real estate industry. However, with detailed research, one can write an exceptional housing dissertation which will benefit many people around the globe. In today’s market, real estate and housing are the latest talk-of-the-town with the sky-high rates and need for affordable housing.


    The number of topics available in the field of housing dissertations is quite high, giving students a wide scope to choose a topic that interests them. While writing a housing dissertation, it is important to consider your audience and the kind of change you aspire to bring in the specified field. Here are some tips on writing a good and effective housing dissertation.

    Points to consider while writing a Housing Dissertation:

    • Topic: Choose your topic wisely. Within housing dissertations, there are a lot of topics available like maintenance, real estate prices, investments, apt locations, need for affordable housing, constructions, choosing a trust-worthy builder, etc.
    • Social and affordable housing: Usually, social housing and affordable housing are the largest chosen topics as the current recession and decline in economy are raising a lot of questions about affordable housing. If you choose a similar topic, you must consider the impact of your dissertation and have a solid plan to change the scenario at least a little bit. Your dissertation must be able to find some solution for the lower income group so that they can also afford a home for themselves.
    • Proposal: Create a strong proposal. Your topic will be more appealing with a well-written and effective proposal.
    • Title: Your title page must have a strong statement that well-elaborates your topic
    • Introductory pages: The preface, acknowledgement and table of contents must be included in your dissertation
    • Research: Conduct a thorough research about your topic and incorporate all the tables and charts based on your study in your dissertation. You can use a lot of facts and figures to complement your study in a housing dissertation
    • Abstract: Write an exceptional abstract. The abstract will make your dissertation stand out from the others, and a good housing abstract will interest a lot of people, right from niche to mass audiences.
    • History: Give a history about the topic, for e.g. if you are writing about affordable housing, go back to the initial years and talk about how the concept of affordable housing has changed over the years.
    • Legal issues: Since every housing deal requires a lot of documentation and faces many legal issues, you must incorporate this in your dissertation
    • Analysis: Give a detailed analysis based on your study that includes statistical data and data collection methods and analysis.

    Conclusions: This is the most important aspect of your dissertation. Write a clear and focused conclusion that communicates your study and research effectively.


    • Crystal Campbell 12:01 pm on December 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Real estate has always been an interesting field of study for me. But I thought of it to be a complex matter of affair for research. Looking at the segregated parts here is in some way motivating me to take up this task.

      • William Lowery 12:04 pm on January 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah Crystal, you can surely make a wonderful report in this sector. I have researched a lot in this field and find interest too. And the best part is that for the complicated analysis you can always take help of analysis software like SPSS or Amos.

    • Crystal Campbell 12:06 pm on January 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the support William. I am surely looking forward to this.

    • Dr S Loretti 12:07 pm on January 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Crystal, real estate is a growing sector today and you have a wide scope in this sector like residential development, public infrastructure, business advancement projects, real estate pricing and much more.

    • julianmassina 11:32 am on May 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My study is based on the problem of affordable housing in UK.

    • Jane S. Schlesinger 6:43 am on August 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Findings, suggestions and conclusions are also essential to be included in a research.

    • Teresa J. Mann 5:08 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That’s something new I have come across to.

  • Dr S Loretti 5:30 am on August 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Ordinary research skills mark a dissertation 

    In the course of your dissertation completion; right from topic selection, your main objective, primary research, compilation to the final conclusion; every step plays a vital role in making your dissertation an exceptional piece of writing.

    If you go ahead with your research study in an ordinary way using irrelevant sources and methodologies, your dissertation will lack the emphasis and the substance it deserves. In order to create an exceptional dissertation, your research skills must be well-polished so that you can exploit all possibilities in formulating the perfect study. Your research tutor will also play a very important role in ensuring that your dissertation does not succumb to ordinary measures.

    Doing research the right way:

    • Pick the right research sources from books, monographs, text books, online studies, journals, internet sources, etc.
    • Make sure to give due credit to your sources and utilize them to your full advantage
    • Use content that is relevant to your subject and adds value to your dissertation. Choosing unique and interesting content will engage your reader
    • Another thing to keep in mind while researching your subject is one-to-one research. Pick connoisseurs from the industry of your subject and speak to them regarding your study. Their interview will help in taking your dissertation a notch higher.
    • Use academic literature, professional literature, formal publications, data sources and subject matter to compile an all-round research
    • The wider and deeper you go into your subject, the better you use your research skills
    • Take help from your tutors in formulating the right research methodology

    In order to prevent your dissertation from being run-of-the-mill, pay careful attention to details and your research skills.

    • Samuel Hawkins 10:50 am on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Before beginning, one must read as many research writing tips as possible to have clarity of what you are required to do.

    • Rebecca 8:21 am on December 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Writing consultants also guide in a better way about how to initiate your research.

    • sophiaw740 12:05 pm on May 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Dr S Loretti, you have given very useful tips for research students.

    • Jose E. Hall 6:43 am on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Tutors are very useful in preparing research methodology as well as other sections of your research.

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