Master Thesis Proposal Abstract
Title pageAbstractTable of contentsIntroductionThesis statementApproach/methodsPreliminary results and discussionWork plan including time tableImplications of ResearchList of references
Phd Thesis Proposal Abstract - …
It is then developed in the main body of the paper, and mentioned again in the discussion section (and, of course, in the abstract and conclusions).
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Therefore, you should construct your paper so that it can be understood by skimming, i.e., the conclusions, as written in your abstract, can be understood by study of the figures and captions.