Postgraduate study

Research proposals

A research proposal helps us assess both your suitability for a research degree and whether we can offer supervision.

It can also be used to apply to external bodies for funding.

For most of our research degrees and professional doctorates you will be required to submit a research proposal as part of your application, unless you have been advised otherwise.

How to write your research proposal

Whether you are limited to one page (as part of a University application or enquiry form) or are required to produce something more substantial for an external funder, the rules about writing a good research proposal are the same: you want to stand out from the crowd and have the best chance of being selected.

Our guide highlights the "golden rules" and provides tips on how to write a good research application.