Student of masters by thesis and doctoral students know that a research proposal successfully defended is a thesis or dissertation half completed. The research proposal for masters by thesis and doctoral dissertation are in three chapters. These are:
Chapter 2- Review of Literature
If the students successfully defend the proposal then these three chapters will constitute the first three chapters of his entire work. So, research proposal successfully defended is no wasted effort. In the behavioral sciences, doctoral research proposal can run into a hundred or more pages and if successfully defended they serve as ‘agreements’’ between the student and their dissertation committees. The doctoral candidate is expected to follow religiously his research methodology is necessary; he will need to obtain a clearance in writing from his dissertation committee. He cannot arbitrarily change any aspect of his approved methodology.