Writing a successful research proposal for Graduate Studies
Your provisional title should be around ten words in length, and clearly and accurately indicate your area of study and/or proposed approach. it should be catchy, informative and interesting. The title page should also include personal information, such as your name, academic title, date of birth, nationality and contact details
2. Aims and objectives
This is a short summary of your project. Your aims should be two or three broad statements that emphasize what you ultimately want to achieve, complemented by several focused, feasible and measurable objectives – the steps that you’ll take to answer each of your research questions.
This involves clearly and briefly outlining:
- How your research addresses a gap in or builds upon existing Knowledge
- How your research links to the department that you’re applying to the academic, cultural, political and/or social significance of your research questions
3. Literature review
This section discusses the most important theories, models and texts that surround and influence your research questions, conveying your understanding and awareness of the key issues and debates.
it should also focus on the theoretical and practical knowledge gaps that your work aims to address, as this ultimately justified and provides the motivation for your project
The methodology identifies the data collection and analytical techniques available to you, before justifying the ones you’ll use in greater detail. You’ll also define the population that you’re intending to examine.
You should also show that you’re aware of the limitations of your research, qualifying the parameters that you plan to introduce. Remember, it’s more impressive to do a fantastic job of exploring a narrower topic than a decent job of exploring a wider one.
Concluding or following on from your methodology, your timetable should identify how long you’ll need to complete each step – perhaps using bi-weekly or monthly timeslots.
This helps the reader to evaluate the feasibility of your project and shows that you’ve considered how you’ll go about putting the Ph.D. proposal into practice
6. Final Checks
Before submitting this document along with your Ph.D. application, you’ll need to ensure that you’ve adhered to the research proposal format. This means that: every page is numbered it’s professional, interesting and informative it’s professional, interesting and informative the research proposal has been proofread by both an experienced academic(to confirm that it conforms to academic standards)and a layman(to correct any grammatical or spelling errors you’ve included a contents page you’ve used a clear and easy-to-read structure, with appropriate headings