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Preparing Your Dissertation or Thesis Proposal

Preparing Your Dissertation or Thesis Proposal

Chapter overview

In this chapter, we will go through the steps that you will need to take in order to prepare a dissertation or thesis proposal. Carrying out each step will enable you to complete a draft proposal that you will be able to discuss with your tutor. We begin with the important question of choosing a topic. Our strong advice is to draw on your personal and, if relevant, professional experience in choosing a topic that is interesting and relevant to you, has a wider or more general importance, lends itself to systematic study, and is achievable with the resources and time available. Choosing to focus on a workplace setting can be helpful ...

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