To be considered for the MPhil program, prospective students must submit a 5-10 page thesis proposal for review. Proposals should include the following:
Title A precise and informative description of the project. Avoid acronyms and phrases such as “A study of …”
Abstract A summary of the proposed research (approx 300 words) that includes the key research question or hypothesis, the rationale for the research, and the method to be employed in the study.
Aims and significance A clearly focused statement of the overall purpose of the proposed research (ie, why is it important?).
Research questions &/or hypotheses The questions that the proposed research will address and/or the hypotheses that will be tested.
Literature review A preliminary review of the key research that has already been carried out in the field and identification of the gaps in the literature that the proposed research aims to fill.
Methodology An explanation of what type of data will be required to answer the research questions or test the hypotheses and how the data will be collected and analysed.
Timetable An indication of how the research will be carried out over the duration of a full-time (2 years) or part-time (4 years) candidature.
Resources An indication of the funding that will be required over the course of the candidature (eg, for fieldwork) as well any special materials or training that may be necessary for the successful completion of the project.
Institutional fit A statement on why RegNet is an appropriate ‘home’ for the project and an indication of potential supervisors/advisors.
Bibliography A list of references cited in or relevant to the proposal.