I am in the process of applying for a PhD in the field of forensic science. Currently i am writing up my proposal; the university has requested a specific format:
Please indicate in general terms the area of your research interest. Please use the headings below to form the basis of your outline. Approximately 1-2 sides of A4 are expected.
• Proposed area of Research
• Aim and Focus of the study
• Context for the Research
• Research Methodology, including data collection and analysis
• Research Skills
• Indicative References/publications
Their not (surprisingly) asking for more than 1-2 sides which seems short to me.
I am really confused right now as the headings seem to overlap in what their asking (might just be me!)
From what I understand from each heading:
• Proposed area of Research - Backgroud of the subject area
• Aim and Focus of the study - My achievement aims
• Context for the Research - Im really not sure what to put here??
• Research Methodology, including data collection and analysis - how i will conduct my research
• Research Skills - my research skills
• Indicative References/publications - references used
Can someone please shed some light in what i should be putting under each category, as right now im finding myself starting at a blank page! ive readup on proposal writing books and other references but im confused as to whats being asked under each category.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
This is how I would read it:
Proposed area of Research: the general field & background
Aim and Focus of the study: what do aim to achieve in the research
Context for the Research: where will your research fit in the current political, philosophical or practical climate
Research Methodology, including data collection and analysis: what is your underpinning philosophy & how do you aim to undertake the research
Research Skills: I guess this is your research experience
Indicative References/publications: speaks for itself!
The size limit is not surprising - I had to fit all of the above into 750 words for my proposal - since they are expecting you to be focused and concise from the outset. You may have a word limit of 80,000 for the whole thesis, but you'll find you need every one of them. There is no room for extraneous waffle!
Good luck with it & let us know how you get on. This is a great forum which has helped any one of us to keep going over the years!
Best of luck, Mog
Thanks so much for your reply, Its really helped me get my head around what to write where. After reading several books and online guides, many should consider themselves lucks for having a 2000 word count for their proposal....750 words, i dont know how you did it!
Would you put a short literature review in the proposed area of research, or in the context of research?
Thank you - i'll defiantly let you know how things go. I'm truly exited to get started, im looking forward to the journey.
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