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This webpage explains the nature and purpose of this proposal and provides guidance on how to write it.
Students also benefit from being members of the Faculty’s Doctoral Training Programme which combines peer and tutor support with delivering the latest high-level training in all aspects of becoming a researcher.
When you apply for a place on our PhD programme you must submit your research proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate, especially within the built environment field, that many candidates have little previous experience of research. We do not expect you to know a huge amount at this stage but we expect you to follow the guidance given here and to address any comments made by potential supervisors.
To write a good proposal, you need to have a clear understanding of the requirements of PhD level research. Think in terms of what you will seek to find out that we didn't know before, and what its significance will be. These are the key requirements of the research you propose:
The proposal should be about four A4 pages and should include the following:
Text throughout the proposal should be clear, precise and free from jargon. You should use a consistent referencing style in your research proposal. Your proposal must be written in your own words, clearly citing and crediting any sources used in your discussion. A research proposal which consists of plagiarised material will automatically disqualify the applicant from consideration for a place. This is not negotiable.
If you are offered a place on the programme, you will spend the first 6 months after enrolment receiving research training and refining your proposal. It will be possible to change your research to a certain degree at this stage.