As part of the application for admission onto our MJur, MPhil and PhD programmes, you must prepare a research proposal outlining your proposed area of study. A research proposal is a concise and coherent summary of your proposed research. It sets out the central issues or questions that you intend to address. It outlines the general area of study within which your research falls, referring to the current state of knowledge and any recent debates on the topic. It also demonstrates the originality of your proposed research.
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If you would like to be involved in its development let us know. The content and quality of the proposal you submit to us will determine whether or not you are successful. Therefore it is vital that you have a full understanding of what is required, as well as knowing the various stages of the application process, so that you maximise your chances of gaining a grant. This video features two of our Grant Assessment Panel Chairs discussing what makes a good research proposal and offers a helpful overview for applicants. They provide informal guidance on points for applicants to remember when drafting proposals.
It will enable you to think about your proposed PhD research in a clear, structured and meaningful way. A successful research proposal will depend on many factors including:. In short, the better your proposal, the better your chances of being accepted. So make it your finest work.
You should check with each department to find out whether they provide a specific template for submission. The word count for research proposals is typically 1,, words for Arts programmes and around 2, words for Birmingham Law School programmes. Each subject area or department will have slightly different requirements for your research proposal, such as word length and the volume of literature review required. It is a good idea to contact the department before you apply. This is your opportunity to answer the questions you considered when preparing your proposal: why is your research important?