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. Your research area and the opportunity you are applying for will determine whether you need to produce a research proposal. For example, if you are applying for a specific project such as a studentship, you may not need one. Check the relevant course page for details. Proposals for arts and social sciences are typically based on an original research question that interests you. For e ngineering, science and health sciences, you should base your proposal on research already being carried out by supervisors at the University.
Writing your proposal - School of Social Sciences - The University of Manchester
Your research proposal needs to outline the nature of your proposed research project and give some indication of how you will conduct your research. It is an integral part of the postgraduate research application process, so it is certainly worth investing time and energy into it. It is your project, so it is important to demonstrate leadership in this first stage of the application process. An ideal proposal should leave the reader feeling in no doubt that you have done some preliminary research about your subject and that you are knowledgeable and ready to tackle the challenges of a PhD.
If you wish to study for a Manchester PhD, you may need to submit a research proposal with your application. This is crucial in the assessment of your application and it warrants plenty of your time and energy. Typical proposals range between 1, and 1, words; however, we advise you to consult with your School for specific guidance on word count.
With such fierce competition for PhD places, your research proposal could have a strong bearing on the success of your application. Discover how to make the best impression. Research proposals are used to persuade potential supervisors and funders that your work is worthy of their support.