A research proposal is a short, coordinated document which summarises what you are going to research, why the research is of relevance, what is currently known about the topic and how the research will be carried out.

The aim of the proposal is to demonstrate that the research is feasible and that you have thought through how you are going to do it. It shows your understanding of the range of issues involved in doing reliable, valid and ethical research and gives others confidence in your capabilities. These are essential characteristics of graduates.

The following headings provide guidance for the content of the sections of your proposal. The overall word count should be no more than 2200 words with Section 4 being no more than 1500 words. Suggested word limits for the remaining sections are shown.