Overview (see also MA/MSc and PhD details)
The objective of the proposal is perfect for the candidate to show the requisite theoretical and methodological background along with the necessary ability as a copywriter to go to concentrated thesis work.  A proposal typically describes key background literature, methods/methodology, and expected contributions.  Further, the candidate must clearly describe the program of study – what will be performed, how, so when.  The proposal supplies a learning chance for that candidate to have interaction using their thesis supervisory committee in an exceedingly focused way.
Role of Committee and Draft-Edit Process
The thesis advisory committee’s role would be to provide detailed and constructive commentary to the stage the proposal might be approved with a majority, but preferably the whole committee. It’s highly suggested the proposal process for PhD candidates involves a minumum of one face-to-face ending up in the whole thesis advisory committee which is also useful for Masters candidates. Typically, a minumum of one draft-edit sequence between your candidate and also the supervisor is needed to make a proposal that’s appropriate for subsequent circulation to all of those other thesis advisory committee. Several draft-edit sequences might be necessary before final approval.
The information and structure from the proposal ought to be coded in consultation using the thesis advisory committee before writing.  It is helpful to arrange the proposal across the same lines as the final thesis (e.g. introduction, theory or background literature, methods or research design, results or findings, (expected) contributions.  The proposal will be designed in formal style and really should incorporate a reference listing of (only) material reported.  Details from the format of the thesis are outlined in section three of the SGPS thesis rules.  For individuals students taking the study Design course (9099) (e.g.
all Masters students), the proposal is usually a superior form of the main one posted for 9099.  After the proposal qualifies (see below) a student partcipates in research, targeted at producing their thesis.
Ethics:  Research Involving Human Participants (“Subjects”)
If your student is intending to conduct research involving human participants (e.g. survey, participant observation,  interviews) they have to obtain Ethics approval in the University’s Non-Scientific Research Ethics Board.  This isn’t a simple process and, since from beginning to end the Ethics process takes about six days. a student and supervisor (combined with the thesis advisory committee) have to plan accordingly.  The departmental procedures are for auction on our Geography Ethics Application Screening Committee page.
MA/MSc Proposal Details
Approval by. Supervisor and Committee. (use Masters proposal form form).
Timing. The proposal is going to be performed by the finish of t erm 2 prior to diagnostics meeting, or in the latest the finish of term 3 or students might be withdrawn in the program.
Page limit. Most supervisors should you prefer a maximum 2500-3000 words (10-12 pages double spaced) figures, appendices, and also the reference list aren’t area of the word/page count.
PhD Proposal Details
Timing. The proposal is posted at the beginning of the written element of the excellent examination. The proposal might be asked throughout the dental element of the comprehensiv e examination. It is normally approved in term four to five (i.e. Fall or Winter having a Fall start) and should be completed no after the finish of term 6 or students might be withdrawn from this program. Only in exceptional situations will deadline extensions be granted. Extra time should be suggested towards the Grad Chair through the Thesis Advisory Committee .
Page limit. Most supervisors should you prefer a maximum 3800-5000 words (15-20 pages double spaced) figures, appendices, and also the reference list aren’t area of the word/page count.
Monograph or Integrated-Article :  Additionally towards the format section above, you should identify clearly if the thesis will be among two SGPS approved formats    i) monograph or ii) integrated-article format.   When the thesis come in integrated-article format, a student must clearly identify each one of the manuscripts combined with the individual problems, questions and techniques associated with each.
Basically Dissertation (ABD).  Occurs when a student completes the comprehensive exam. and proposal.  Students are now able to qualify to educate a training course, instead of a TA.