Proposal writing for PhD student
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my client needs to write/rewrite a proposal to apply for PhD, the proposal title:
Social and economic impacts of money laundering crime in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Writer must have good experience on writing PhD proposals.
The proposal should include the following:
Check the existing title and make sure that the title goes beyond simply describing the subject matter – it should give an indication of the approach or key questions.
Overview of the research
In this section you should provide a short overview of the research and where it fits within the existing academic discourses, debates or literature. Be as specific as possible in identifying influences or debates the student wish to engage with, but try not to get lead astray into a long exegesis of specific sources. Rather, the point is to sketch out the context into which your work will fit.
Establish a solid and convincing framework for the research in this section. This should include:
research questions (usually, 1-3 should suffice) and the reason for asking them
the major approach(es) the student will take (conceptual, theoretical, empirical and normative, as appropriate) and rationale
significance of the research (in academic and, if appropriate, other fields)
Positioning of the research (approx. 900 words)
This section should discuss the texts which you believe are most important to the project, demonstrate the student understanding of the research issues, and identify existing gaps (both theoretical and practical) that the research is intended to address. This section is intended to ‘sign-post’ and contextualize the research questions, not to provide a detailed analysis of existing debates.
Research design & methodology (approx. 900 words).
This section should lay out, in clear terms, the way in which the student will structure his research and the specific methods he will use. Research design should include (but is not limited to):
The parameters of the research (ie the definition of the subject matter)
A discussion of the overall approach (e.g. is it solely theoretical, or does it involve primary/empirical research) and the student rationale for adopting this approach
Specific aims and objectives (e.g. ‘complete 20 interviews with members of group x’)
A brief discussion of the timeline for achieving this
Be sure to include specific techniques, not just your general approach. This should include: kinds of resources consulted; methods for collecting and analyzing data; specific techniques (ie statistical analysis; semi-structured interviewing; participant observation); and (brief) rationale for adopting these methods.
the references should provide the reader with a good sense of the student grasp on the literature and how he can contribute to it. Be sure to reference texts and resources that you think will play a large role in the student analysis. Remember that this is not simply a bibliography listing ‘everything written on the subject’. Rather, it should show critical reflection in the selection of appropriate texts.
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