3. Develop a Research Proposal
|Step 1: Entry requirements||Step 2: Find a supervisor||Step 3: Research proposal||Step 4: Scholarships||Step 5: Submit||Step 6: Accepting your offer|
Preparing a research proposal
In general, a proposal should define the chosen area of study, detail the aims of the proposed research project and provide an indication of the approach to the research you wish to take. Enough detail is required so the department can determine if it has the resources, including suitably experienced supervisors, to support you as a research candidate. It may take several weeks or months to prepare a good research proposal so start the process early.
Research proposal requirements vary according to the discipline, department or degree. Check with your proposed supervisor and department about their specific requirements.
As a guide, your research proposal should include:
- the proposed project area of research and the issue being addressed
- an indication you have done a preliminary literature review
- the objectives of the research
- a description of a possible methodology that may be relevant to the topic
- a draft completion timeline or plan for the project (aim for a three-year timeframe).
Approvals or permits
Your research proposal should also include information about any approvals or permits you may need for the project to proceed. These may include:
- Human research ethics - for all research with human participants
- Animal research ethics - for all research involving animals
- Gene technology or biosafety - for all research involving biosafety or biohazards
- Defence Trade Controls Act - for considerations relating to approvals for the intangible transfer and publication of controlled goods and technology.
Acknowledgement of source material
All source material in your research proposal must be appropriately acknowledged. This includes references to data, results, or written outputs. During assessment of your application the University may submit written components of your application to plagiarism detection software (such as Turnitin). The detection of plagiarism in written submissions will result in the rejection of your application.