The work you undertake during the course of your Ph D may differ to your proposal.
This should be clear, concise and describe the theme of your proposal.
The issues you deal with in order to write the proposal will run throughout the research.
It is a stage and a substantial piece of work from which you will draw in the future.
The latter can ask some very helpful questions about questions, aims, methods, theoretical underpinning and that fundamental question - so what?
That is, what will this piece of research lead to or contribute to? When you embark on your proposal, you are expected to identify your main research questions and sub-questions, to clarify for yourself: Draw up notes towards your own draft proposal under the following (typical) headings. Your proposal will vary depending on your research area. A well-written research proposal will help us assess your suitability for graduate-level research and whether we can support your proposed area of study.You can also include sources you have read in preparation.We recommend that you discuss your proposal with a member of staff who has expertise in your field.You will need to seek support from your supervisor in the development of a proposal of sufficient quality and to convince a research degrees committee that you have the potential to carry out research at the level you seek.Masters research proposals often go before field or subject committees, while MPhils and Ph Ds go before full research degree committees (or whatever carries out that function in your university) where they will be read carefully by internal and external readers and by the committee.Many universities now demand a great deal of work prior to the submission of a research proposal, which in the past might well have been little more than an indicative title.Drawing up a research proposal is the first main task you will be involved in with your supervisor.Explain the key aims of your research and the questions you will address in order to achieve them. Will you collect data using libraries, archives, field studies or interviews for example? A schedule of key activities can help demonstrate that your research is achievable within the timeframe of your Ph D.List the publications and sources you have cited in your proposal.