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Application Research Proposal

Writing the research proposal is crucial, as it helps with the organisation of thoughts and the planning of the proposed research.

The Research proposal with your application

An initial research proposal needs to be submitted when applying for admission with a maximum of 2 pages. Since at that stage the topic proposed might not have been explored in sufficient detail, the initial proposal can consist of an outline of the study proposed. This outline must nonetheless be detailed enough to allow the University 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 preliminary research proposal should indicate:

  1. the proposed area of research and methodology, including aims of the research, context and justification and if possible a tentative title for the thesis
  2. 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
  3. 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.