To be worth doing, your project must be well-founded, and must also make a large enough contribution to understanding in its field.
To make clear that your project is manageable within the relevant period, you need to show that you understand the scale of the issues and problems you are addressing.
What forms of textual, historical or visual analysis are relevant to your topic/field?
How will you set about answering your research questions?
The proposal should be up to 2,000 words in length, including a short bibliography.
The aim of the research proposal is to demonstrate that you have a project both worth doing and manageable within the timescale of the degree you are applying for.As a description of your proposed topic, it should enable the selector to evaluate the scope and importance of your project.You should read the following guidelines carefully to ensure that your proposal includes the information we need to assess your application.The following remarks are intended to help those applying for a place to study for the Ph D, as well as those applying for a place on one of the Faculty’s MPhil courses.They are also intended to help with subsequent applications to funding bodies.This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.He received his Ph D in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.The exact format and requirements for a research proposal can vary slightly depending on the type of research being proposed and the specific demands of the institution you plan to submit your proposal to, but there are a few basics that are almost always needed.This section should set out how you will achieve what you set out to do in Research background and questions.This will obviously depend very much on your research topic. In other words, does your project involve archival sources, particular databases or specialist libraries? What theoretical resources do you intend to use and why?