Although students may take preparatory coursework, this is not counted as part of the award (this is quite different to US universities). Both a Ph D and a Masters by Research are awarded on the basis of a thesis alone.Please therefore ensure that your proposed supervisor is satisfied with the standard of your research proposal and that it reflects what is laid out in the SPHCM Applicant Guidelines for Research Proposals.
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.
Anticipated budget For further information on formatting your research proposal and the criteria for the review process please refer to the SPHCM Applicant Guidelines for Research Proposals.
Applicants are still required to submit a detailed research proposal.
Many research proposals are too broad, so reflecting on your key research questions is a good way to make sure that your project is sufficiently narrow and feasible (i.e.
one that is likely to be completed with the normal period for a MJur, MPhil or Ph D degree).
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This may be a couple of sentences setting out the problem that you want to examine or the central question that you wish to address. Research Context You should explain the broad background against which you will conduct your research.
You should include a brief overview of the general area of study within which your proposed research falls, summarising the current state of knowledge and recent debates on the topic.