Rather, the point is to sketch out the into which your work will fit.
Be sure to reference texts and resources that you think will play a large role in your analysis.
Remember that this is not simply a bibliography listing ‘everything written on the subject’.
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).
Moreover, they are used to assess and assign appropriate supervision teams.
Remember, however, that it may not be possible to guarantee that you are supervised by a specific academic.
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).If you are interested in the work of a particular potential supervisor – and especially if you have discussed your work with this person – be sure to mention this in your proposal.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.These guidelines are intended to assist you in developing and writing a thesis proposal.Applications for admission to a research degree cannot be dealt with unless they contain a proposal.In general, however, the following elements are crucial in a good research proposal: This can change, but make sure to include important ‘key words’ that will relate your proposal to relevant potential supervisors, funding schemes and so on.Make sure that your title goes beyond simply describing the subject matter – it should give an indication of your approach or key questions.Generally speaking, a proposal should be around 3,000 words which you write as part of the application process.Potential supervisors, admissions tutors and/or funders use research proposals to assess the quality and originality of your ideas, your skills in critical thinking and the feasibility of the research project.In this section you should provide a short overview of your research and where it fits within the existing academic discourses, debates or literature.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.