This section should lay out, in clear terms, the way in which you will structure your research and the specific methods you will use.
Research design should include (but is not limited to): A well developed methodology section is crucial, particularly if you intend to conduct significant empirical research.
You should also use this section to make links between your research and the existing strengths of the department to which you are applying.
Visit appropriate websites to find out about existing research taking place in the department and how your project can complement this.
Remember that this is not simply a bibliography listing ‘everything written on the subject’.
Rather, it should show critical reflection in the selection of appropriate texts.
You probably know that a research paper may be called a type of essay in which you are definitely expected and required to present findings of your own research in the form of a written document.
The first thing to do is to include a good research plan for your future research paper, before you proceed to writing the proposal.
Be as specific as possible in identifying influences or debates you wish to engage with, but try not to get lead astray into a long exegesis of specific sources.
Rather, the point is to sketch out the into which your work will fit.