Writing a thesis ain’t easy.
Usually the word ‘thesis’ is enough to turn most people away from Postgraduate study – well wasn’t the case for me.
Now, the first question most people ask me is –
WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THAT?
Well, believe it or not, I think its pretty cool. My thesis is my own study, my own research, my own questions explored and my own journey. Whilst it is expensive, time-consuming and not necessary for me to graduate, I still thought, would this be a laugh.
There is a lot that goes into this process and I plan on documenting as much of it as I can.
So, here is just a small insight into what goes into a thesis proposal
Indicates what your study is about
Name & affiliation of the author
A summary of the project in 100 words maximum
Includes the rationale/heuristic value of the study,
- statement of the problem/research questions/hypotheses
Provide two (or more) research questions or two hypotheses your study would like to examine)
- the epistemology/ies and theoretical perspective/s used
What motivates the study
- A literature review
using four primary and four secondary sources
- The proposed method/s of data collection
Indicating the population, sample/s, sampling method/s to be used
Types of variables and their relationships to be examined
- Type of measurement
- Proposed interview questions/survey instrument/coding manual etc.
This step must be planned and approved by an ethics committee!
A list of estimated items you may require that cost money (exact figures of estimated costs is not required in the proposal stage)
list the ethical issues involved and what precautions should be made to protect the research subjects/participant
Provide a list of references at the end of the proposal, prepared according to the Harvard system of referencing.
I am curious to know – is there anyone else out there who has taken this path?