Your research proposal

Research proposal structure

With your application, it is vital that you enclose a sufficiently detailed Research Proposal of no more than 3,000 words. This must be structured as follows:





2Overview of the research (approx. 300 words)

In this section, you should provide a short overview of your research. You should also state how your research fits into the research priorities of Alliance MBS. Here you can refer to the research areas and priorities of a particular research grouping, supervisor, Division or Centre. You must also state precisely why you have chosen to apply to Alliance MBS and how your research links into our overall profile.

3Positioning of the research (approx. 1500 words):

This should reference the most important texts related to the research, demonstrate your understanding of the research issues, and identify existing gaps (both theoretical and practical) that the research is intended to address.


4Research Design & Methodology (approx. 1200 words):

This section should identify the information that is necessary to carry out the analysis and the possible research techniques that could deliver the information.