When you apply for a PhD degree you are required to complete a research based n an entirely new and fresh topic and present a new area of research. The degree almost entirely depends on your research and writing skills as you have to bring some new information to people or challenge theories which have been widely accepted in the past if you want to excel. The degree is only awarded once the supervising individual and the committee awards a good grade on the report but before the research can actually start the students are required to propose how and what they will be researching. This is done trough a proffer and by a supporting presentation given in front of the committee. Writing this very important document at this level is not an easy task and students have to make sure that they focus on each and every aspect of the document carefully and effectively.
As the dissertation is the primary part of your PhD degree you have to take every step to ensure that it will be accepted by the committee and will provide something new to the specific field of research. On the other hand you cannot start your research before the committee approves what you have proposed for your research therefore it is also quite important to complete the PhD dissertation proposal in an effective manner. It is common practice to support your proffer document through an effective presentation so the committee understands specifically what you are trying to propose. The document should be written in the most effective manner by following the guidelines provided by the university and the specific format which is required for the document.
There is no prescribed length of this document but universities usually require it to be five thousand to six thousand words long. The document needs to cover the rationale of research, the specific research topic, the focus area, analysis of literature or the proposed literature you are going to review and the particular tools, methods and techniques of research you will be applying. It is also a very good option to include the explanation of the sample size or sample population so readers can understand who the participants of the research will be. If you intend to collect data from various individuals or companies then you also have to seek ethical approval from the university so you can contact the respondents easily. Once all of these matters have been taken care of and you have prepared an outline for the proffer you should start writing and focus on one section at a time to avoid any confusions and problems. Keep consulting your supervisor every step of the way to ensure that you are going in the right direction and once the document is complete proofread, edit and format it and show it one last time to the supervisor before actually submitting it to the committee to ensure that it will definitely be approved.