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Read a sample proposal from a successful application Birmingham Law School is home to a broad range of internationally excellent and world-leading legal academics, with a thriving postgraduate research community.
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.
Regardless of your research area and the methodology you choose, all research proposals must address the following questions: What you plan to accomplish, why you want to do it and how you are going to do it.
The proposal should have sufficient information to convince your readers that you have an important research idea, that you have a good grasp of the relevant literature and the major issues, and that your methodology is sound.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.This will allow you to demonstrate a familiarity with the relevant field as well as the ability to communicate clearly and concisely. Research Questions The proposal should set out the central aims and questions that will guide your research.Before writing your proposal, you should take time to reflect on the key questions that you are seeking to answer.It sets out the central issues or questions that you intend to address.It outlines the general area of study within which your research falls, referring to the current state of knowledge and any recent debates on the topic.If you plan to conduct field work or collect empirical data, you should provide details about this (e.g. We therefore recommend that you contact a member of our staff with appropriate expertise to discuss your proposed research.If there is a good fit between your proposed research and our research strengths, we will give you advice on a draft of your research proposal before you make a formal application.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.