law reports, journal articles) are located (in the Law School’s library, Westlaw etc). We recognise that you are likely still developing your research topic.
If you plan to conduct field work or collect empirical data, you should provide details about this (e.g. We therefore recommend that you contact a member of our staff with appropriate expertise to discuss your proposed research.
The proposal should also explain your intended approach to answering the questions: will your approach be empirical, doctrinal or theoretical etc? Research Methods The proposal should outline your research methods, explaining how you are going to conduct your research. This section should also explain how you are going to analyse your research findings. Significance of Research The proposal should demonstrate the originality of your intended research.
Your methods may include visiting particular libraries or archives, field work or interviews. If your proposed research is library-based, you should explain where your key resources (e.g. You should therefore explain why your research is important (for example, by explaining how your research builds on and adds to the current state of knowledge in the field or by setting out reasons why it is timely to research your proposed topic). Bibliography The proposal should include a short bibliography identifying the most relevant works for your topic.
Your research proposal is an integral part of the Research Degree application process, and as such, it is worth investing time and energy to ensure that your proposal is strong, clear and effective.
Your proposal needs to outline the nature of your proposed research project, identify your knowledge of existing literature and provide an indication of how you will conduct your research project.
Read a sample proposal from a successful application Birmingham Law School is home to a broad range of internationally excellent and world-leading legal academics, with a thriving postgraduate research community.
Most students and beginning researchers do not fully understand what a research proposal means, nor do they understand its importance.
Title This is just a tentative title for your intended research.
You will be able to revise your title during the course of your research if you are accepted for admission.