As part of the application for admission onto our MJur, MPhil and PhD programmes, you must prepare a research proposal outlining your proposed area of study. A research proposal is a concise and coherent summary of your proposed research. It sets out the central issues or questions that you intend to address. It outlines the general area of study within which your research falls, referring to the current state of knowledge and any recent debates on the topic.
How to write a research proposal
How to write a research proposal for a strong PhD application - The University of Sydney
In order to assess your application, it is helpful to see an outline of the research area in which you would like to do your doctoral study. This information helps your application in two ways:. We do not expect a fully comprehensive and detailed research proposal at this stage. The main information that we are looking for is the:.
Guidance on Writing an Outline Research Proposal
This is not a comprehensive guide and nor does following it guarantee a successful application. However, what you will find below are some basic hits and tips you should consider when writing your research proposal. You should use formal academic English, employing any technical terms appropriately and demonstrating a well structured academic format. Demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct research, perhaps providing evidence from a Masters dissertation or other research projects you have been involved in.
If you wish to study for a Manchester PhD, you may need to submit a research proposal with your application. This is crucial in the assessment of your application and it warrants plenty of your time and energy. Typical proposals range between 1, and 1, words; however, we advise you to consult with your School for specific guidance on word count. Please check with the relevant School for the specific conventions and expectations of your research proposal.