How to write dissertation prospectus

February 20th, 2011

Want to know how to write a dissertation prospectus?

Writing any kind of dissertation can be a challenge. Dissertations themselves comes with many ins and outs that a writer must sort out in order to get the most out of their dissertation.

Knowing how to write a dissertation propsectus is important but before you learn how to do that, you are going to have to create your dissertation proposal. Without a proposal, you have not been approved to continue your research project. The last thing you want is a proposal that has not been approved. A proposal is similar to a prospectus except it is used as follow-up instead of as “one time”.

If you choose, you may buy a dissertation and hopefully buying one will help you understand what you need to do as it will be a kind of guide for you.

Knowing how to write dissertation prospectus is like following a guideline. Everyone needs some kind of guideline in order to be assured the best quality for their work.

If you want to know how to write a dissertation prospectus, you need to first clue into the fact that there are three main things.

How to write dissertation prospectusMain things:

1.Primary and Secondary sources

2.The Issue

3.The Structure (outline)

4.Investigation (research)

In order to know how to write a dissertation prospectus you need to understand that there are two questions that need to be answered.

The first question you need answered is: Why should anyone care about your project that you are working on and can your project be accomplished?

You should have by now discussed your research problem with your advisor. the prospectus is there to help you solve the problem or prove a point.

It is important to know that there are elements to a prospectus and those elements are as follows:

1.Thesis statement

2.Literature Review

3.Primary Source Statement


5.Your research plan of action

6.A Chapter Outline


Every prospectus has elements. According to an article online called Notes for Dissertation Prospectus writers, “a variation of a prospectus often reappears as the introduction to your dissertation (and ultimately the book manuscript that derives from the dissertation) so a good place to start in terms of thinking about structure is to read a number of introductions to historical monographs. You will see that there is no single organizing principle, some introductions begin with a thesis statement, others begin with an historical anecdote, a few begin by posing a question, still others leap into an examination of the historical literature. The beginning of the introduction then, typically, dictates the order in which it proceeds. That having been said, there are basic elements of most introductions and those elements are also found in the dissertation prospectus.”

You are going to want to know how long your prospectus should be. Let me assure you that there is no rule about the length of your prospectus.

If you know the dos and don’ts for your prospectus, you will understand the simplicity of writing a prospectus.

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