Examples Of Psychology Dissertation Proposals

A short and practical example (.doc) – this is a great example of a brief research proposal for course projects. It gives students good requirement examples with some commentary. By Ted Zorn, University of Waikato, New Zealand – Start with this one!

Sample Research Proposal (PDF) – a useful sample research proposal for psychological research, with straight-to-the-point explanation; short and useful for other scientific fields, too. (Web archive copy, accessed in April 2016)

APA-Style Proposal #1: Intercessory Prayer and Task Performance (PDF) – by Douglas Degelman, Ph.D., and Martin Lorenzo Harris, Ph.D., Vanguard University of Southern California
APA-Style Proposal #2: Infants’ Perceived Gender and Adolescents’ Ratings (PDF) – Douglas Degelman, Ph.D., and Martin Lorenzo Harris, Ph.D.; Vanguard University of Southern California
Sample research proposals – Sample research proposals from the Faculty of Education, The University of Western Australia

Thesis statement

Writing Tips: Thesis Statements – How to Define Your Thesis Statement & which are the right Questions to Ask When Formulating Your Thesis; from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Guide to Writing Thesis Statements – great tips from the Writing Center for Political Science at the University of Washington

Examples of dissertation proposals

Sample Dissertation Proposals – one of the best resources of dissertation proposal samples on the Web; you can find a wide range of dissertation proposals from different fields, such as Arts and Humanities (Theatre, Geography, Communication, American/Asian Studies, Philosophy), Social science (Public health, Nursing, Social work, Sociology, Educational psychology, Foreign language education, Science eduation, etc.), Science and Engineering (Kinesiology, Integrative biology, Geological sciences, Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Engineering, etc.)

Qualitative research proposal sample – A Sample Qualitative Research Proposal Written in the APA 5th Style, Syracuse University, adopted by Roger Hiemstra, from a dissertation proposal created by Dr. Nancy Gadbow
Quantitative research proposal sample – A Sample Quantitative Research Proposal Written in the APA 5th Style, Syracuse University, adopted by Roger Hiemstra, from a dissertation proposal created by Dr. Ralph Brockett.

Impact of Background and Experience on Software Inspections (PDF) – by Jeff Carver, University of Maryland
Developing Techniques for Using Software Documents: A Series of Empirical Studies (PDF) – by Forrest Shull, University of Maryland


Writing A Great Dissertation Proposal In Psychology


If you are tasked with writing a great dissertation proposal in psychology there are a few key things that you can do.

First of all, what is the purpose of the proposal?

More and more often students are being required to submit a proposal prior to completing her dissertation. The purpose of this proposal is to help them showcase the research they have already contacted and approved to the dissertation committee that they know what they're doing and they have the resources available to do it. This is beneficial for the student as well because in many cases it prevents students from traveling down a dead end early on in the writing process. You have to show that you have enough Literature on the topic which is supportive of your thesis. If you try to craft your proposal and you find that the existing literature either contradicts your thesis or does not exist, you have the perfect chance to change your thesis so that you can adequately cover in the span of the number of pages you have at your disposal.

Now that you know the purpose of the proposal, how can you write a great one?

  • You can write a great one by simply doing the rudimentary research required. Your proposal should contain a snippet into each of the main sections that you need to cover. It should start off with the background to your topic. It should clearly state your research problem. It should explain to your committee the importance of the research you are going to complete. It should clearly and effectively state the objectives of your research and which research questions you plan on answering. It should also explain your hypothesis and the methodology you were going to use. In this instance you can explain whether you are using qualitative or quantitative measures for your purposes. You should also explain any limitations to your project and the structure of the overall dissertation you plan to follow.

  • You also want to make sure that the final proposal is formatted according to your university requirements.

  • Having all of these elements written in a comprehensive manner will indicate to your review board that you know what you are doing and that you have done adequate background research to prepare yourself for the full project. In doing this you can be sure to successfully create the perfect proposal on whatever psychological topic you choose for your task.

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