Before you start writing a master’s thesis in some universities, it is necessary to prepare a proposal for a research, which will become the basis of a future dissertation. The research proposal is defended at least 4 months before the thesis is defended and is the second mandatory stage of work on it after coordination and approval of the thesis topic.
When writing a Research Proposal, students necessarily reflect two dissertation preparation blocks:
- the theoretical and methodological part of the thesis;
- the research part of the dissertation.
The theoretical and methodological part describes the relevance of the topic of the master’s research, establishes the problem area, the object, and subject of research, as well as the purpose and objectives of the work associated with the hypothesis of the study. The first part also includes an analysis of the primary sources of literature which is a review of the key sources in this area, as well as a proposal for working with primary sources, including periodicals, research data, etc. Based on the plan and concept of the dissertation, a brief description of the future work, its structure is given.
In the research part, on the basis of the hypothesis put forward the methodology of the future research, the design, the expected results, the system of the methods used are prescribed, and the validity criteria of the research are established.
The research proposal is approved by the student’s supervisor, agreed with the head of the master’s program, and defended before the supervisor.
The research proposal for undergraduate students has the following structure:
Theme. Formulated as will be approved by the Academic Council of the Institute. The topic should be agreed with the supervisor and approved by the supervisor of the program.
The topic is NOT formulated as a question. The topic can NOT be descriptive, and it should show the research character of the work. The topic may NOT contain TWO studies, for example, “Study of indicator 1 in large companies and dynamics of growth of indicator 2 in the economy of the region.”
The topic should NOT describe the specific problem of a particular organization if its solution cannot be applied to such organizations.