Thesis Structure/Outline

All of us are required to submit a research proposal when applying for a PhD. Once you are enrolled in the program, it is very important to flesh that out into a concrete outline that sets forth a map for your research quest.

The outline should provide a structure to answer a clear and specific research question. It must have a clear focus and most importantly, be doable in the time you have. In my first year, an experienced academic told me: ‘don’t think of the PhD as your magnum opus…it is simply a step [perhaps not a small step] to prove your academic worthiness’.

You will necessarily go through various versions of outlines as your research progresses. At last count I was on the 12th version of my ‘Thesis Outline’ when I finally submitted my dissertation. It is a learning process that simultaneously refines your thesis.

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