The following questions will help you to formulate your study/project design.You might find it useful to organise your responses into a table, mind-map, or flow-chart (see example below).
We will begin by looking at the broad purpose and requirements of proposals.
We will then break down the research proposal into its core components and examine them individually The purpose of a research proposal can be summarised as follows: Even if the completion of a research proposal is not a requirement of your candidature, it is a good idea to write one.
These skills can be grouped into three clusters: The proposal gives you an opportunity to exhibit your mastery of subject knowledge and familiarity with current research trends.
A good research proposal displays evidence of advanced analysis, evaluation and synthesis skills, as well as creativity and the ability to combine vertical and lateral thinking.
Your reader should be able to clearly see what you will do and how will you do it, and how this combination of data/sources and methods will allow you to address your research problem.
The most important thing to keep in mind about the study/project design component is that it should not simply consist of a list of tasks that will be undertaken.
The timeline demonstrates to the reader that your project can be completed within the period of candidature.
The timeline should consist of a series of goals that you will need to meet in order to complete all aspects of your thesis, from initial research to the final editing, with an expected date of completion for each step.
It should also contain a statement of the progress that you have made to date.
The timeline should also factor in other research related activities such as conferences and publications (if applicable).