Research Proposal Tips

Research ProposalHere are seven research tips to writing a good research proposal

1. Research title. The key to a good research proposal is dependent on how concisely you define your research title. The research proposal title should be something of particular interest to you that is related specifically to your degree or masters. The only way you can decide what is a good research title is to read lots of generic journals in an approximate field of interest. Once you read enough journals, this will help you narrow down a more specific research topic that focuses on a particular industry, country, or set of variables. Please note as the research progresses, your research title may evolve slightly due to certain circumstances, so try not to get too hung up on it.

2. Background to research. In your research process, you will have identified some key studies that is of particular value. How do you discern what is of value? Well, if the journal is written in 2013, this will have higher precedence than older journals. Also, if the journal is higher ranking e.g. from an international journal (group 0 or 1) they tend to be more credible. A good key study sets the scene for your study.

3. Research problem. When you have read enough journals and narrowed down you subject. This should instill an urge to solve a particular problem that was not solved in the literature. Your desire to solve this problem will prompt you to form a hypothesis, or 3-4 research objectives which form the framework of your study.

4. Literature. As outlined above if you have found 10-15 journals on your chosen area, there should be 3-4 strong journals which are the best to exemplify the research you wish to carry out. This leads you onto how your research is associated with these findings but also deal with shortfalls in knowledge or analysis.

5. Research design. What tools will you use to carry out your research? Is is going to be quantitative or qualitative research? Will use use an interview, survey, empirical testing on secondary data, or other methods? Does this mean you need to carry out some form of statistical analysis? If so, can you learn these techniques in time?

6. Ethics. Are there any ethical considerations to take into account? Such as, ethical consent if dealing with children, data protection acts, non-presurising tactics if interviewing.

7. Timescale. It is good to produce a Gannt chart so you can plan each section of the full research because it is such a large piece of work. And also, remember to liaise with your supervisor regularly for direction and feedback.

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