Q: What is the format for the synopsis of a thesis?

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The synopsis for a thesis is basically the plan for a research project, typically done when pursuing a doctorate. It outlines the focus areas and key components of the research in order to obtain approval for the research.

Here is a listing of the sections that typically are a part of the synopsis. Do check with your guide/supervisor for those that are relevant as per your university or institute's guidelines. We would also suggest speaking with your guide to better understand the specifics to include in each section.

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Literature review
  • Objectives
  • Hypothesis
  • Methods and methodology
  • Limitations
  • References

Once you are ready to write, a good approach would be to draft an initial synopsis, which you may then share with your guide for review. After incorporating their suggestions, you may share the revised synopsis for a final check.

All the best with your thesis and research!

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