The objective in writing a proposal is to describe what you will do, why it should be done, how you will do it and what you expect will result.
In specifying what will be done it also gives criteria for determining whether it is done.
In approving the proposal, your committee gives their best judgment that the approach to the research is reasonable and likely to yield the anticipated results.
A key part of your application is your research proposal.
Whether you are applying for a self-funded or studentship you should follow the guidance below.
The proposal is, in effect, an intellectual scholastic (not legal) contract between you and your committee.
It specifies what you will do, how you will do it, and how you will interpret the results.View the guidance on how to write your Ph D by published work research proposal.You are encouraged to contact us to discuss the availability of supervision in your area of research before you make a formal application, by visiting our areas of research.You should include an outline of the various stages and corresponding time lines for developing and implementing the research, including writing up your thesis.For full-time study your research should be completed within three years, with writing up completed in the fourth year of registration.Figure out what are the important and missing parts of our understanding. Your proposal will be shorter, perhaps five pages and certainly no more than fifteen pages.(For perspective, the NSF limits the length of proposal narratives to 15 pages, even when the request might be for multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars.) The merit of the proposal counts, not the weight.This assumes a longer preparatory period of reading, observation, discussion, and incubation. Then just write the important parts as the proposal. Our MA program statement used to say that a thesis is equivalent to a published paper in scope.Read everything that you can in your area of interest. Filling in the things that we do not know and that will help us know more: that is what research is all about. These days, sixty double spaced pages, with figures, tables and bibliography, would be a long paper.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.