How to Write a Research Proposal

How to Write a Research Proposal

If you're a prospective PhD candidate, you'll need to submit a research proposal to your prospective supervisor/s.

Your proposal should be a two to five page overview of your key topic area and the main research questions you want to explore.

You can use the following headings as a guide:

  • Project title
  • Research topic summary (three to four sentences that encapsulate the project)
  • Research question(s) you plan to investigate in the context of existing research/literature in the field
  • Review of literature
  • Contribution to knowledge and impact of the research project (i.e. SDGs)
  • Methodology/research tasks required to undertake the research
  • References/ Bibliography

This overview is not binding and we understand that it may well change as you progress in your research. The purpose of the proposal is to help you define your research plans and directions. This in turn will help supervisors identify if they would be interested in your research project.

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