It outlines the general area of study within which your research falls, referring to the current state of knowledge and any recent debates on the topic.It also demonstrates the originality of your proposed research.
law reports, journal articles) are located (in the Law School’s library, Westlaw etc). We recognise that you are likely still developing your research topic.
If you plan to conduct field work or collect empirical data, you should provide details about this (e.g. We therefore recommend that you contact a member of our staff with appropriate expertise to discuss your proposed research.
The United States government defines convenience stores as "food retailer(s) of limited lines in a freestanding sales area of 3,000 square feet, concentrating on selected fast-moving products" (, 1990).
To this definition I would add that typically the products on the shelves of convenience stores are priced higher than those carried by their competitors.
Examples of the thesis titles of some of our current and recent research students can be seen on our Current Projects page. Abstract The proposal should include a concise statement of your intended research of no more than 100 words.
This may be a couple of sentences setting out the problem that you want to examine or the central question that you wish to address. Research Context You should explain the broad background against which you will conduct your research.Title This is just a tentative title for your intended research.You will be able to revise your title during the course of your research if you are accepted for admission.Read a sample proposal from a successful application Birmingham Law School is home to a broad range of internationally excellent and world-leading legal academics, with a thriving postgraduate research community. Panda Tip: Please note that the nature of a research proposal will vary depending on your specific audience.If, for example, you are addressing only academics in your precise field, you can be quite specific about your area of study and assume a high degree of existing knowledge.But if you are addressing a wider audience, you need to assume that they have less existing knowledge.A research proposal is a concise and coherent summary of your proposed research.It sets out the central issues or questions that you intend to address.What follows is a short proposal for a paper on the rapid growth of convenience store chains in America.Note how admirably the proposal takes advantage of the stylistic tips noted in the list on the previous page.