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.
The key purpose of research proposal is convincing other people that you have a decent research project, as well as that you have enough competence and detailed work-plan to accomplish it.
Ideally, a research proposal should include all the essential components involved in the research process and comprise sufficient and reliable information for the future readers to be able to evaluate the study proposed.
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.Your references should provide the reader with a good sense of your grasp on the literature and how you can contribute to it.Be sure to reference texts and resources that you think will play a large role in your analysis.Think very carefully about the scope of your research and be prepared to explain how you will complete it within this timeframe.Research proposals are also used to assess your expertise in the area in which you want to conduct research, you knowledge of the existing literature (and how your project will enhance it).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.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.This section is intended to ‘sign-post’ and contextualize your research questions, not to provide a detailed analysis of existing debates.Be as specific as possible in identifying influences or debates you wish to engage with, but try not to get lead astray into a long exegesis of specific sources.Rather, the point is to sketch out the into which your work will fit.