(Suggested Word Count: 750-1,000) Here you should include reflections on potential practical and empirical obstacles, conceptual/theoretical problems and difficulties, ethics, your own perspective on the issues at hand - and how these issues may impact on your studies.
One of the things all Schools/Departments look for in a potential postgraduate researcher is an awareness of some of the challenges they will face in progressing their proposed thesis project and of the extent to which these represent unavoidable limitations.
Applications for admission to a research degree cannot be dealt with unless they contain a proposal.
Your proposal will help us to make sure that: The process of producing a proposal is usually also essential if you need to apply for funding to pay your fees or support yourself whilst doing your research.
You should also provide details of your proposed sample/s (numbers of respondents and type of sample) and/or secondary data sets, and again offer justification for these choices.
Further you should indicate how and why you will achieve empirical access, if this is a pertinent issue.
This applies both to theoretical and empirical research.
This should involve a critical review of the existing theoretical and/or empirical literature(/s) as appropriate.
(Suggested Word Count: 300-500) This should be a very brief wrap-up of your proposed thesis project which summarises its key contributions and how you intend to realize them.
(Suggested Word Count: 100-200) A brief outline of the timetable for completion of the thesis, remembering that activities can run concurrently and ensuring you include any mandatory research training.