Please also be aware that another reason why many applicants are rejected at proposal stage is because they fail to offer sufficient detail of their proposed methodology, or indeed to defend the choices they have made, or to demonstrate any engagement with the relevant literature in this regard.
(Suggested Word Count: 750-1,000) For those applicants who wish to undertake theoretical research where neither primary nor secondary data will be used, the methods section above should be replaced with a section which explains exactly how the relevant theory will be cross-examined in order to answer the research questions.
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.
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Your research questions/aims can appear in any form, and certainly do not need to be expressed in the form of testable hypotheses.
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.
In other words, it should establish the rationale for your proposed thesis, and should therefore proceed smoothly into Research Questions or Aims.
(Suggested Word Count: 750-1,000) Provide a statement of your research question/aim, ideally in the form of a central over-arching question/aim and two or three sub-questions/aims.
(Suggested Word Count: 300-500) This should be a very brief wrap-up of your proposed thesis project which summarises its key contributions and how you intend to realize them.
(Suggested Word Count: 100-200) A brief outline of the timetable for completion of the thesis, remembering that activities can run concurrently and ensuring you include any mandatory research training.