Regardless of whether you are applying for the MJur, MPhil or Ph D programmes, your research proposal should normally include the following information: 1.
Title This is just a tentative title for your intended research.
Your methods may include visiting particular libraries or archives, field work or interviews. If your proposed research is library-based, you should explain where your key resources (e.g. You should therefore explain why your research is important (for example, by explaining how your research builds on and adds to the current state of knowledge in the field or by setting out reasons why it is timely to research your proposed topic). Bibliography The proposal should include a short bibliography identifying the most relevant works for your topic.
law reports, journal articles) are located (in the Law School’s library, Westlaw etc). We recognise that you are likely still developing your research topic.
You might find it helpful to prioritize one or two main questions, from which you can then derive a number of secondary research questions.
The proposal should also explain your intended approach to answering the questions: will your approach be empirical, doctrinal or theoretical etc? Research Methods The proposal should outline your research methods, explaining how you are going to conduct your research. This section should also explain how you are going to analyse your research findings. Significance of Research The proposal should demonstrate the originality of your intended research.
You will be able to revise your title during the course of your research if you are accepted for admission.
Examples of the thesis titles of some of our current and recent research students can be seen on our Current Projects page. Abstract The proposal should include a concise statement of your intended research of no more than 100 words.
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.