Significance of Research — Writing a PhD Research Proposal

When writing a PhD research proposal, consider the significance of your research.  You should be able to show the reader why your research is important, and what contribution your study make to the field of knowledge.  Further more it is important to detail the wider implications or uses of your study to the general body of knowledge.  A very important section in the research proposal is the literature review in most instances this is written as a separate chapter.  The literature review should discuss the relationship of your proposed research to other local, and international research’s in the field.  The PhD literature review serves four main functions.

First it focuses on what has been done before in other words you are discussing what other major related research studies have previously been conducted by others, highlighting how your study will fill the current knowledge gap.  Then it outlines the instruments you will use in your study, and justifies why such instruments are used over others.  Thirdly, it is essential that the literature review points out why it is necessary to conduct your research.  Finally, it sets the boundaries for your studies. It is also known as the limitations.

Many different types of instruments or tools can be used to gather data.  Weather interviews, surveys, content analysis, case studies, or mythology’s analysis where used all these must be clearly detailed in this section.  This may include quantitative or qualitative research that you plan to undertake.  Remember that the course of method should correlate with your research question, or questions in other words if the bulk of your research involves interviews, and surveys then the research methods you used involve qualitative methods.  If your research lies heavily on analysis then you maybe using more of a quantitative nature of study.  In short you question or questions, and the data gathering tools you will use.

Finally, if the study requires it include, and theoretical or conceptional framer that you will employ.  The data analysis should clearly specify how you will present your results, and discuss any statistical tests you will use.  This sections discusses the methods used to prove your hypothesis if there are any one tip for this is to properly deal with each hypothesis separately, and mention the analysis that will be conducted.

The PhD research proposal has a section that discusses what you think will happen based on your intuition, and the exploration study you have done up until this point.  This is the section on expected results.  To some extent you should already have some expected outcome based on the research conducted in the past.  This section answers questions about what are the possible outcomes of your work for example are they positive,negative, or there is no correlation between the valuables.  Which one would lead to the most fruitful research work,and why what are your key assumptions, and what are the limitations of working under these assumptions, and why?  You may use a pilot study or other fragments of other similar research to forecast outcomes.  If your research requires human participants to be interviewed or surveyed then you will need to gather the interviewers, and arrange a list of questions or a survey.