Doctoral Research Proposal Sample

Your title should summarise the main idea of the proposal simply.

You may want to use a title and a subtitle separated by a colon.

Do ensure however that they are sufficiently narrow – one of the reasons why many research degree applications are not successful is because the terrain outlined in the relevant proposal is simply too broad for a doctoral project.

Please also remember that the research degree thesis is first and foremost an academic endeavour, not a consultancy or applied research project.

(Suggested Word Count: 100-300) This section should outline the empirical work you plan to undertake, if relevant.

You may also want to refer to other exemplary empirical studies from which you have taken your inspiration.

If you are interested in the work of a specific potential supervisor, and especially if you have already discussed your proposed project with this person, be sure to make reference to this in your proposal.

Applicants for Ph D, MPhil, or professional doctorate degrees in social science subjects - such as education, economics, management, and sociology - are encouraged to use the guidance below when planning their research proposal.

This should involve a critical review of the existing theoretical and/or empirical literature(/s) as appropriate.

The important thing to establish here is the extent to which your proposed thesis research makes a contribution - i.e., adds something theoretical, conceptual, methodological and/or empirical which is not already offered in this literature(s).

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