Sample Research Plan
When you are a research student studying for a PhD/MSc you must show that you are both original and creative. Providing information on the following points will give you the opportunity to demonstrate these qualities and tell us something about your interests. They will also form the outline of a research plan. This plan should be based on work that you have already done or are interested in doing. This does not mean that you will be required to continue this work once you are here. However, it does give us something with which we can estimate your current research skills. Without a research plan we will not be able to judge whether you are a suitable candidate or not.
Please enclose with your application form a sample research plan that addresses the following five points:
1. Describe some work that you have done, or are interested in doing, which has made you consider undertaking research.
2. Outline any extensions to this work that you believe would make good research topics.
3. Select one of these research topics and construct a plan for doing the research. Make the plan as detailed as possible, showing the stages you would go through. It should be at least one to two pages long.
4. Briefly describe any other work related to your topic of which you are aware.
5. Write a paragraph that shows how you would convince another person working in similar topic that the results from your work will be new and useful.
If you do not send us a research plan then we will not be able to assess your potential for research. If you have any difficulties with this then email the member of staff in whose area you are interested, or email email@example.com and we will help