Writing Research Proposal for MS/MPHIL/PhD Program

8 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021

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Ajit Singh


Date Written: February 9, 2021


As part of the application for admission onto our MS, MPhil and PhD programmes, you must prepare a research proposal outlining your proposed area of study.

A research proposal is a concise and coherent summary of your proposed research. It sets out the central issues or questions that you intend to address. It outlines the general area of study within which your research falls, referring to the current state of knowledge and any recent debates on the topic. It also demonstrates the originality of your proposed research.

The proposal is the most important document that you submit as part of the application process. It gives you an opportunity to demonstrate that you have the aptitude for graduate level research, for example, by demonstrating that you have the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly, concisely and critically. The proposal also helps us to match your research interest with an appropriate supervisor.

What is your research proposal used for and why is it important?
It is used to establish whether there is expertise to support your proposed area of research
It forms part of the assessment of your application
The research proposal you submit as part of your application is just the starting point, as your ideas evolve your proposed research is likely to change

Keywords: Reseach Proposal, MS, MPHIL, PhD, Format, Template

JEL Classification: Y20

Suggested Citation

Singh, Ajit, Writing Research Proposal for MS/MPHIL/PhD Program (February 9, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3782344 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3782344

Ajit Singh (Contact Author)

INSTITUT de DIPLOMATIE PUBLIQUE, United Kingdom ( email )

United Kingdom

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