Synopsis writing

Synopsis writing

Synopsis writing

Synopsis of research involves a small write-up or a brief regarding the study you will be conducting. It is like a “sales pitch” for the Board Committee to accept the topic of your investigation. The synopsis is an outline of your thesis enlisting what you will be conducting your investigation on and the steps you will take to achieve. Depending on the subject of study, the methodologies you will be using and other factors, you will be allowed to follow up with the actual study. Therefore it is recommended that you keep ready two or three research questions from your relevant field to be sure that you are giving the committee options. The format of your synopsis writing varies from institution to institution. At Intellects Linkup, you will be given sufficient guidance on how to write the most captivating and curiosity inducing synopsis for your thesis.

You will approach your synopsis writing after the following steps are complete:-

This is the most fundamental aspect of your research; a simple statement on which your entire thesis relies upon. Students sometimes spend their entire semester finding the perfect research question to formulate a hypothetical statement. You may have a superficial idea on the topic you want to delve deep into, however pinpointing a precise sub-topic for your dissertation is more difficult than you think. Although your mentor might help you with this little treasure hunt by either actually helping you narrow down or providing you with topics “from the drawer”. If you already have found the right research question, then you have dodged one of the biggest challenges of your research.

Never overlook this step! If you are going to research into a particular topic, find out what developments and insights are already existing on it! Other researchers have gone through several trials and errors while conducting their research, meaning you can avoid taking a path that would lead to no results. Thoroughly reading up on research papers can prepare you with what lies beyond your synopsis. I, not practical knowledge, you will at least get an insight into the technical know-how of the research methodologies and statistical analyses that have been used to come to a significant result. You can learn and condition yourself to the structure and format used by these researchers and employ them in your own thesis. Almost all the time, researchers often list down the limitations of their study and recommendation to other researchers to extend the research on the topic. All this will give you a fair idea about the findings so far on your topic of interest and carve a path for you to arrive at your research question. Every relevant piece of evidence, suggestions, limitations and methodologies must be written and cited in your literature review (as per the university’s predetermined citation format) as this will prep your examiner to understand the depth of your research.


The reason why we stress the importance of keeping at least two or three topics ready for your research is to be prepared for alternatives on the off chance that the Board Committee rejects your proposal. You have conducted such detailed literature reviews and spent a lot of time conjuring the perfect question that it should not feel like it was a waste of time if at all your topic gets rejected.

Based on the research questions and literature review, you will create options in the form of a synopsis - a glimpse into what your future study will entail. Now that you have one or two research questions that you would like to investigate into, the next step is to convince you board committee to accept research into this topic. You will be composing a synopsis wherein you will present your topic as thought inducing, measurable and possessing the high potential to be a significant contributor to the existing literature on it. Along with reasons as to why you chose this topic and what exactly you would like to find as the result of your research, you will be outlining the research methodologies you will be using to conduct the research and the appropriate statistical tests and analysis to determine a relationship between the variables in question. Finally, you must include the limitations to your study as this will help the examiner understand the boundaries within which you are working. The whole idea of synopsis writing sounds simple. In reality, it can be a difficult process especially for those embarking on a dissertation for the very first time. Intellects Linkup provides synopsis writing services for those requiring the necessary guidance for a captivating and convincing synopsis.

synopsis writing for PhD research

This is generally what your synopsis should contain:-

You will be writing a brief on how you came down to the specific research topic from the vast research area. You will be listing the reasons why you picked this topic to work on where there is a gap or need for improvement in the existing literature.

Here you will write in brief the methodology you will be using to collect data - whether it is surveys, experiments, questionnaires, etc and the statistical analysis methods and test you will employ in analysing the data obtained.

This is the general question you have regarding the topic. It will loosely describe in brief the topic of interest in your investigation.

Here, the research question is presented in a more concise, polished and scientific form. This is a statement that you will prove as true or false, via your research.

This is just the superficial outline of a simple literature review you conducted. What have other researchers done with the same topic in the past? Is there a gap in their research which I can fill in? Your objectives for the study will follow the literature review.

Not every research is perfect. There will always be some obstacles which will hinder the validity of your research to a degree. These limitations to the study may exist due to a lack of funds for research expansion, lack of time to thoroughly follow up with the study or due to some uncontrollable factors which may be affecting your results. You will be listing out, what you think are limitations to your study and how you aim to conduct the study within the established boundaries.

Do not overlook this part! Your research contents will be coming from researches conducted in the past. Therefore it is important to not only cite your borrowed findings and insights from other researchers within your thesis, but their names including the titles of their study must also be added to the bibliography or reference section according to the citation format prescribed by your university.


Creating a synopsis for your research not only gives your examiners a glimpse into what your study will be on but preparing the contents of it will also prep you towards the preparation for each and every facet of the research i.e. research methodology, data collection, statistical analysis, write up of your thesis, etc.


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