Proposals vary between ten and twenty-five pages in length.
As with writing a regular academic paper, research proposals are generally organized the same way throughout most social science disciplines.
Your design and methods should be unmistakably tied to the specific aims of your study.
Describe the overall research design by building upon and drawing examples from your review of the literature.
For part-time study your research should be completed within six years, with writing up completed by the eighth year.
The goal of a research proposal is to present and justify the need to study a research problem and to present the practical ways in which the proposed study should be conducted. Approach it with the intention of leaving your readers feeling like--"Wow, that's an exciting idea and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
The only elements missing from a research proposal are the findings of the study and your analysis of those results. This section can be melded into your introduction or you can create a separate section to help with the organization and narrative flow of your proposal.
Finally, an effective proposal is judged on the quality of your writing and, therefore, it is important that your writing is coherent, clear, and compelling. This is where you explain the context of your proposal and describe in detail why it's important.
A key part of your application is your research proposal.
Whether you are applying for a self-funded or studentship you should follow the guidance below.