Remember that this is not simply a bibliography listing ‘everything written on the subject’.Rather, it should show critical reflection in the selection of appropriate texts.
Research proposals may vary in length, so it is important to check with the department(s) to which you are applying to check word limits and guidelines.
Generally speaking, a proposal should be around 3,000 words which you write as part of the application process.
Be sure to include specific techniques, not just your general approach.
This should include: kinds of resources consulted; methods for collecting and analyzing data; specific techniques (ie statistical analysis; semi-structured interviewing; participant observation); and (brief) rationale for adopting these methods.
Moreover, they are used to assess and assign appropriate supervision teams.
If you are interested in the work of a particular potential supervisor – and especially if you have discussed your work with this person – be sure to mention this in your proposal.This section should lay out, in clear terms, the way in which you will structure your research and the specific methods you will use.Research design should include (but is not limited to): A well developed methodology section is crucial, particularly if you intend to conduct significant empirical research.We encourage you strongly to identify a prospective supervisor and get in touch with them to discuss your proposal informally BEFORE making a formal application, to ensure it is of mutual interest and to gain input on the design, scope and feasibility of your project.Remember, however, that it may not be possible to guarantee that you are supervised by a specific academic.You should also use this section to make links between your research and the existing strengths of the department to which you are applying.Visit appropriate websites to find out about existing research taking place in the department and how your project can complement this.Please check carefully with each department to find out whether a specific template is provided or required.In general, however, the following elements are crucial in a good research proposal: This can change, but make sure to include important ‘key words’ that will relate your proposal to relevant potential supervisors, funding schemes and so on.Make sure that your title goes beyond simply describing the subject matter – it should give an indication of your approach or key questions.In this section you should provide a short overview of your research and where it fits within the existing academic discourses, debates or literature.