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Research Proposal

You must submit a preliminary research proposal when applying to study a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), professional doctorate, or master level course by research at UC.

When writing a research proposal, planning is crucial. Your research proposal should be:

  • a maximum of 2 pages
  • an initial outline of the study proposed.

Your outline should be detailed enough to allow us to assess the nature of the topic proposed, confirm that the proposed research fits in a university Area of Research Strength (ARS), and determine whether suitable supervision and necessary resources are available.

The research proposal should indicate

  • The proposed area of research and methodology, including aims of the research, context and justification and a tentative title for the thesis.
  • The general nature of the research to be pursued, as far as practicable, including expected resources and any special conditions required to complete the research (eg field trips, specialised computer software) and details of funding expectations, if relevant.
  • Evidence that the applicant is competent to undertake research at a masters or doctoral level in the field to which the proposal relates, by reference to educational and/or professional achievements and substantial publications.

Additional requirements for BGL applicants

Faculty of Business, Government and Law applicants are required to submit a research proposal using the BGL research proposal template, available from the Faculty of Business, Government and Law Application Process page.