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You are encouraged to contact us to discuss the availability of supervision in your area of research before you make a formal application, by visiting our areas of research.
You should include an outline of the various stages and corresponding time lines for developing and implementing the research, including writing up your thesis.
Examples of the thesis titles of some of our current and recent research students can be seen on our Current Projects page. Abstract The proposal should include a concise statement of your intended research of no more than 100 words.
This may be a couple of sentences setting out the problem that you want to examine or the central question that you wish to address. Research Context You should explain the broad background against which you will conduct your research.You should include a brief overview of the general area of study within which your proposed research falls, summarising the current state of knowledge and recent debates on the topic.This will allow you to demonstrate a familiarity with the relevant field as well as the ability to communicate clearly and concisely. Research Questions The proposal should set out the central aims and questions that will guide your research.A research proposal is a concise and coherent summary of your proposed research.It sets out the central issues or questions that you intend to address.The proposal should also explain your intended approach to answering the questions: will your approach be empirical, doctrinal or theoretical etc? Research Methods The proposal should outline your research methods, explaining how you are going to conduct your research. This section should also explain how you are going to analyse your research findings. Significance of Research The proposal should demonstrate the originality of your intended research.Your methods may include visiting particular libraries or archives, field work or interviews. If your proposed research is library-based, you should explain where your key resources (e.g. You should therefore explain why your research is important (for example, by explaining how your research builds on and adds to the current state of knowledge in the field or by setting out reasons why it is timely to research your proposed topic). Bibliography The proposal should include a short bibliography identifying the most relevant works for your topic.The proposal is the most important document that you submit as part of the application process.It gives you an opportunity to demonstrate that you have the aptitude for graduate level research, for example, by demonstrating that you have the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly, concisely and critically.A research proposal is intended to convince others that you have a worthwhile research project and that you have the competence and the work-plan to complete it.Generally, a research proposal should contain all the key elements involved in the research process and include sufficient information for the readers to evaluate the proposed study.