This section should discuss the texts which you believe are most important to the project, demonstrate your understanding of the research issues, and identify existing gaps (both theoretical and practical) that the research is intended to address.
Crucially, it is also an opportunity for you to communicate your passion in the subject area and to make a persuasive argument about what your project can accomplish. It is normal for students to refine their original proposal in light of detailed literature reviews, further consideration of research approaches and comments received from the supervisors (and other academic staff).
Although the proposal should include an outline, it should also be approached as a persuasive essay – that is, as an opportunity to establish the attention of readers and convince them of the importance of your project. It is useful to view your proposal as an initial outline rather than a summary of the ‘final product’.
SAMPLE PROPOSALS There are many ways to write a good proposal.
If you are applying for research programme, you may be required to submit a research proposal as part of your application.
A research proposal helps us assess both your suitability for a research degree and whether we can offer supervision.
It can also be used to apply to external bodies for funding.
For most of our research degrees and professional doctorates you will be required to submit a research proposal as part of your application, unless you have been advised otherwise.
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.