Proposal template for writing a research proposal for a PhD programme within the School of GeoSciences. The following information applies for both Social Science and Physical Science PhD programmes.
Give an introductory statement explaining what your proposed research topic is and why it is important.
Outline existing theoretical and/or empirical debate and state how your proposed research relates to this body of knowledge
What specific issue or question will your proposed research examine?
What method, or methods, will you use to answer your research question?
Note any ethical issues arising from your research (ethics can be interpreted in a broad sense as well as, for example, matters of consent and confidentiality).
Provide a timetable for your research and the period of writing up your thesis. If you intend to do fieldwork overseas, say what this will entail and how it fits into the timetable.
Student Recruitment and Admissions have also written a guide on how to create a good research proposal, which is available as a PDF file.