Identify why you want to do a PhD and whether your expectations are realistic
Explore the main requirements, structures and problems with aiming to undertake a PhD
Demonstrate how to set a realistic, manageable and impactful research question
Compare deductive and inductive research questions
Describe and be able to implement the steps required to writing a literature review, including: doing a literature search, planning, organising and writing the literature review
Discuss what kind of theoretical approach would be useful for your research proposal
Compare the differences between ontology, epistemology, different research designs and methodology.
Summarise what you have learned from this course into a first draft of a research proposal
A carefully prepared and thorough research proposal is usually crucial for applications for advanced or doctoral study, and can provide the launchpad for the first stages of that postgraduate study.
This online course will give you the awareness, skills and tools to write a well thought-out and achievable research proposal, helping you improve the quality of your postgraduate applications. It will also give you a taste of the self-study required in postgraduate doctoral research.
The course focuses on Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, but much of the content is relevant to all disciplines.
Introduction to doctoral research
Funding your study
Defining the problem and writing a research question
Writing a literature review
Research design and methodology
How to construct your proposal
This course has been created primarily for postgraduate research applicants, but it might also be useful for those who want to learn more about developing well-founded and challenging research bids for purposes other than postgraduate research degrees.