Considering a PhD? You may need to produce a research proposal.
Getting this right is one of the most important parts of your application. A well-written research proposal will help us to:
Your research proposal may vary depending on the subject area your PhD will cover. Broadly speaking, arts and social sciences disciplines will require a different type of proposal to engineering, science and health sciences disciplines.
The actual work you will undertake during the course of your PhD may differ to your proposal. However, you will need an understanding of the issues associated with conducting research and the potential to design a research study to address a specific set of issues.
We don't expect you to have all the answers, but a successful proposal should:
We recommend that you discuss your proposal with a member of staff who has expertise in your field. This process can also help you identify a supervisor. School, department or research centre websites related to your area of study are a good place to start. You can also contact us directly.
You can make changes to your proposal once you have been accepted for a research degree. As this is the foundation of your working relationship with your supervisor, major changes aren't typically expected.
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