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Your research proposal is an essential part of your application that will be used to assess your suitability for the PhD programme.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide a research proposal in which you clearly explain your research hypothesis, your objectives, and why the research is important.

Proposal Requirements

A research proposal or plan helps to assess both your suitability for a research degree and whether we can offer you supervision. It should:

  • Have a title
  • Explain the particular topic or question you wish to study
  • Briefly summarise existing research on the topic, making reference to publications as appropriate
  • Give a clear outline of the research you intend to do
  • Be 3,000 to 5,000 words in length (excluding references and appendices)

Points to Note

  • If accepted, you are not committed to following your proposed research exactly
  • Applications received without a research proposal will not be considered
  • A personal statement does not meet the requirements of a research proposal
  • Your research proposal is liable to be submitted to the Turnitin plagiarism detection system

Writing an Effective Proposal

A weak proposal can lead to an application being unsuccessful. The following guides can help you with writing your proposal. If you have any further questions regarding your proposal, please get in touch with the Research and PhD Support Team.

How to Write a Good Research Proposal Example Research Proposal