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Designing a Research Proposal

Your Research Proposal

  • It is up to applicants to identify an area of possible study which interests them and which is achievable within three full-time or five part-time years of MPhil/PhD study (or one full-time / two-part-time years of study for the MA by research). 
  • The proposed project should also be broadly feasible within the research resources available at Warwick (this includes the provision of expertise [a possible supervisor] in the area that is of interest to you).
  • Students are advised to compose a statement of around 500-1000 words of their proposed area of study. This should situate a topic within a particular thematic or chronological area, and should make specific references to authors, texts, events, regions, intellectual configurations, or cultural practices, which will be studied (whichever is most relevant).  You should also locate the topic within current critical work in this area, perhaps citing a few recent secondary works which have interested, inspired or provoked you.  This is not the place for a personal statement about your past career or future aspirations! 
  • We recognise, of course, that all projects change and evolve during the actual processes of researching and writing up, and that it is difficult to define a project in advance of carrying it out.  However, it is very important, when assessing applications, for us to have a clear idea of your project, not least to enable us to ensure that a suitable supervisor is available.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss your research proposal before submitting it, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies (e-mail: at