Preparing a Doctoral Research Proposal

Applicants to our PhD programmes should submit a clear and well structured research proposal. Such proposals should be 1,000 – 2,000 words in length and contain the following elements:

  1. A clear statement of the topic and the question(s) that your research will address. You should also explain why these questions are important and describe the value of the project in terms of the contribution it aspires to make to knowledge and understanding.
  2. A discussion of existing scholarship and debates relevant to your field and research topic. You should indicate how your project will draw upon, engage with and contribute to these debates. 
  3. A discussion of your methodological approach or approaches. In the case of PhDs by creative practice, this should clearly explain how and why the creative component of your project is appropriate to the central research questions and the generation of new knowledge and understanding.
  4. A preliminary bibliography (this can include creative works as well as books and articles).