PhD proposal, more theoretical depth

posted
17-Nov-18, 11:35
by S81
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Hi

I have submitted a PhD proposal,and the university said it should be more theoretical depth and provide substantive challenge.and it has lack of a strong theoretical base.

My research proposal mainly depends on qualitive method ^interviews^

Please advise how I overcome these points, I don’t understand it clearly
posted
19-Nov-18, 12:41
edited about 12 seconds later
by rewt
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Hi S81,

That is hard to answer but I would think that the proposal isn't big enough for a PhD. I would start at the literature review and make clear there is a gap in knowledge that you can solve. Base the proposal of that literature review, not the methods, so that you are focusing on answering a question. While also explaining why you need to answer the question. It sounds like you need to improve the proposal and show that there is enough work for 3 years of work. The idea itself could be amazing but you need to sell it to the department.
posted
21-Nov-18, 18:02
by pm133
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Quote From S81:
Hi

I have submitted a PhD proposal,and the university said it should be more theoretical depth and provide substantive challenge.and it has lack of a strong theoretical base.

My research proposal mainly depends on qualitive method ^interviews^

Please advise how I overcome these points, I don’t understand it clearly


I would try and find some examples online of successful PhD proposals or ask the university directly. That should help you identify the problem.

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