According to the ‘Regulations for Term Papers and Theses Prepared by Students of the Bachelor’s, Specialist and Master’s Level at National Research University Higher School of Economics’, students can propose a topic of their own by the deadlines prescribed by their faculty.
In this case, a student must submit an application indicating his/her proposed supervisor and the topic followed by a justification.
Therefore, when evaluating a thesis proposal, we are not trying to assure ourselves that you have clearly described a sure-fire research project with 0% risk of failure.
(If there was no risk of failure, it wouldn't be research.) Instead, what we're interested in seeing is if you have a clear handle on the process and structure of research as it's practiced by our discipline.
Sometimes, it is possible to write the introduction first.
Most often the introduction should be written next to last.
The programme’s academic council then discusses the relevance of the topic and either confirms it or declines if it’s not relevant to the level or area of the degree programme.
If a topic is not approved, the academic council discusses the reasons for this with the student and suggests that he/she rephrase the topic.
The goal is to progress as far as possible with the elements listed above during the fall semester.
The more you can accomplish during the fall, the further you can drive the project in the end, and the more relaxed the spring semester is going to be for you (and us).