It is for this reason that prescribing a ‘one-size-fits-all’ method for research proposal writing is a difficult task, but the strongest proposals are likely to contain many of the following: Background – You should establish the context to, and rationale for, your research based on a reading of the relevant academic and/or practitioner literature.
Where possible, cite relevant authors and studies, and explain how this research builds on your previous academic work or professional experience.
Your proposal is your way of setting yourself apart from the crowd.
So, you should work hard to submit the best possible application.
If you receive a positive response, you can then plan to submit a formal application in the form of a research proposal. It is your chance to sell yourself and your research to prospective supervisors.
Outline Of Research Proposal
Competition for places is fierce, and many students apply to us with excellent Bachelors and Masters degrees from around the world.
Therefore, in a good research proposal you will need to demonstrate two main things: Applying for a Ph D is like applying for a job, you are not applying for a taught programme.
When you start a Ph D you will become a valued researcher in an academic department.
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.
Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.