The thesis plan is first approved and signed by the supervisor. If necessary, there can be several supervisors (for example, in multidisciplinary theses). After this, the person in charge of the field of study accepts the plan and the topic of the thesis before the practical work commences. At the same time, the person in charge assigns a supervisor from the department for theses which are carried out outside the department. In these cases, the supervisor’s task is to make sure that the thesis does not deviate too much from the extent and other requirements of the department for the theses. The student is committed to carry out the thesis within the time period that is detailed in the plan and the supervisor is committed to counsel the student during that time. The thesis cannot be evaluated without the thesis plan. If the topic or the supervisor of the thesis changes or there are considerable changes in the schedule, the student needs to draft a new thesis plan.
13. Include a title on your proposal. I'm amazed at how often the title is left for the end of the student's writing and then somehow forgotten when the proposal is prepared for the committee. A good proposal has a good title and it is the first thing to help the reader begin to understand the nature of your work. Use it wisely! Work on your title early in the process and revisit it often. It's easy for a reader to identify those proposals where the title has been focused upon by the student. Preparing a good title means: