What is a research proposal?

Your research proposal is the most important part of your PhD application. The proposal is a short and coherent summary of your intended research project. Your proposal is used to assess the quality and originality of your research idea, as well as its overall feasibility as a PhD project. It’s also an opportunity for your potential supervisor to assess your suitability for PhD study, and whether you’re able to communicate your ideas clearly and concisely.

We’ve put together a brief guide to help you write your research proposal. This advice is intended to be general and may need to be adapted according to the required format for your subject area.

Don’t forget that you should contact a potential supervisor before you submit your final research proposal- either to the University or any relevant funding bodies. They will help you ensure that your proposal is in the right format and covers all the essential points.