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I need to write an MSc thesis proposal, and I can't seem to find any good templates for such. Do you guys know of any good templates? It's urgent :)

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    Use the article class. – Johannes_B Apr 14 at 6:38
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    If it's really, really urgent... maybe you should use Microsoft Word? – LianTze Lim Apr 14 at 7:16
  • @LianTzeLim ew no, gross... That's heresy – Brandon Battye Apr 14 at 7:29
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    Does this answer your question? LaTeX templates for writing a thesis – gman Apr 14 at 8:51
  • @gman Brandon asks for a template to write a proposal, not the actual thesis, at this moment – Alessandro Cuttin Apr 14 at 10:06
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I successfully managed to do my MSc thesis on the subject I wanted to discuss, with the professor I liked, with the help of a company I liked, by submitting a proposal written using the tufte-latex class.

I guess however that it's not the documentclass, rather the content of your proposal, that will help you to nail it!

In any case, the tufte-latex class is very nice (even though it appears that it's not under active development -- but for your needs it should do the job).

Here's an example to make you started ;)

\documentclass[english,a4paper,twoside,sfsidenotes,openany,final]{tufte-book}

\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}

\title[]{title of proposal}
\author[Your Name]{Your Name}
\publisher{thesis proposal}
\date{}

% --new title page--

\renewcommand{\maketitlepage}[0]{%
  \cleardoublepage%
  {%
  \sffamily%
  \begin{fullwidth}%
  \fontsize{18}{20}\selectfont\par\noindent\textcolor{darkgray}{\allcaps{\thanklessauthor}}%
  \vspace{11.5pc}%
  \fontsize{21}{27}\selectfont\par\noindent\textcolor{darkgray}{\allcaps{\thanklesstitle}}%
  \vfill%
  \fontsize{14}{16}\selectfont\par\noindent\textcolor{darkgray}{\allcaps{\thanklesspublisher}}%
  \end{fullwidth}%
  }
  \thispagestyle{empty}%
  \clearpage%
}


\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
  @book{Knu86,
    author = {Knuth, Donald E.},
    year = {1986},
    title = {The \TeX book},
  }
\end{filecontents*}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\section{Background}

\newthought{Here} you provide basic background about the subject of your thesis\sidenote{Interesting insight on the work you want to carry on.}, providing also some essential references\cite{Knu86}.

\section{Proposal}

\newthought{Here} you state your proposal, along with some essential references of the methods, techniques you want to use.
\begin{marginfigure}
    \centering
    \includegraphics[width=.8\textwidth]{}
    \caption{some interesting figure}
    \label{fig:Huang1995a}
\end{marginfigure}

State clearly the objectives you want to achieve.

\renewcommand{\bibname}{References}
\bibliography{\jobname} % if you’re using BibTeX
\bibliographystyle{plainnat}
\end{document}
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