The success of the research project, as well as the thesis, depends on having a detailed plan. For this reason, you’re asked to produce a research proposal during the introductory stage of the doctoral programme. The proposal coherently describes the content and methodology of the project, as well as the schedule and workplan, which can be used to structure your programme and your time. The more clearly you define your research questions, approaches and objectives at the beginning, the easier it will be to complete your thesis project.
How to write a research proposal
Your proposal should outline the content and methodology of your thesis project and be written up during your first year of study (your second semester). Before writing your exposé, make sure you acquaint yourself with the requirements of the doctorate advisory committee for your thesis area.
Purpose of the proposal
- Helps your supervisor decide whether they would like or are able to supervise your project.
- Demonstrates the feasibility of your thesis project
Content and scope of the proposal
- The scope required is specified with the respective doctoral advisory committee’s guidelines.
- Approx. three to five pages – ATTENTION: If the responsible doctorate advidory committee has its own guidlines, please follow these.
- Personal information
- Suggested title for the thesis, thesis area, desired academic grade
- Presentation of the topic and its key aspects
- Question and objective
- Positioning within the context of the given specialism (research situation, presence in research projects, potential areas of application, etc.)
- Structure and methodology
- Reference to preliminary works by other authors (with explanation of any required amendments if applicable)
- Description of the work’s research status
- Provisional bibliography
- Schedule and work plan