A research proposal outlines the research you are going to undertake. The majority of universities require PhD applicants to submit a research proposal when applying for a PhD position. Also a research proposal helps your future supervisors to better understand your line of thinking, experience in doing research and how you are planning to go about writing your thesis. In addition to this, a research proposal is a great tool that can help you to structure your thinking and outline the path you would like to follow during your PhD studies.
Before you start writing a research proposal, carefully check the website of the university you are applying for. Many universities provide guidelines on writing research proposals that will help you both to structure your thinking and meet the requirements of a specific university. Most of the research proposals usually include title and abstract, literature review, aim and objectives, research methodology, ethical considerations, and references.
An obvious but very important point is the format of your research proposal. Make sure that the formatting of the document is consistent throughout and that the structure is clear. If possible, it can be a good idea to give the document to your academic tutor or colleague for revision.
It is important to remember that a research proposal is a provisional rather than a definitive document. It will most likely change extensively during the first several months of your PhD programme. If you are interested to read more.
If you need help writing your research proposal, the PhD Consultancy has a wide range of experts who can provide you with support and assistance.