In a good research proposal you will need to demonstrate that you are capable of independent critical thinking and analysis and that you are capable of communicating your ideas clearly. Give yourself plenty of time to write, edit and hone your proposal, ensuring that your final version is clear, concise, coherent and error-free.
- Have a clear working title for your research project
- Write a clear statement about what you want to work on and why it is important, interesting, relevant and realistic
- Include some background knowledge and context of the area in which you wish to work, including key literature, key people, key research findings
- Demonstrate some consideration of the methods/approach you might use
- Indicate the strategy and timetable for your research project and any research challenges you may face
- Include a list of the key references that support your research proposal
- Ensure you follow any university and departmental guidance specific to your host institution