Demonstrate that you are competent to conduct the research and have chosen the best research or scholarly environment in which to achieve your goals. It is well understood by all concerned that the research you end up pursuing may be different from that in your proposal.
Instead of treating your proposal as a final, binding document, think of it as a flexible way to plan an exciting (but feasible) project that you would like to pursue.
Make sure to include the ways in which you intend to approach the solution. The more diverse opinion and criticism you receive on your proposal the better suited it will be for a multi-disciplinary audience.
It is important that the title of your project is understandable to the general public, reflects the goal of the study, and attracts interest. Your research proposal is not a binding document; it is a .
For each section, lay out in point form what you will discuss. You must grab their attention and excite them about your project from the very beginning.
Make it easy for them to understand (and thus fund) your proposal. Remember, too, to show your enthusiasm for your project—enthusiasm is contagious!
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.
Please bear in mind that Ph D programmes in the UK are designed to be completed in three years (full time) or six years (part time).
Please check carefully with each department to find out whether a specific template is provided or required.
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.